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So frustrated. Moms with preemies Jujubeeeeee 3 kids; Fredericktown-Millsboro, Pennsylvania 3559 posts
Aug 20th '15

So frustrated. What would you do? My son was born at 27 weeks. As surprising as is is... We havent really had any issues at all. A blood transfusion when they removed his belly button line. Thats it. He is 32 weeks and the docotor said were just waiting on him to grow. Recently he started s*****g his paci more and longer ... 30 mins to an hour at a time. He was looking for milk on my chest. He was eating his hands and arms. Looking side to side for something. So i put him to my breast. He latched right away. No help. day one he only swallowd and sucked for a very short time. A few moments. So then i did it the next day. And he did it again. And yesterday was our 3rd day. The nurse came im after we was s*****g for a out 8 -10 mins and checking his tube and pulled back to find almost a whole surregnge of milk... she tried to say it eas leftover from his feeding 3 hiurs ago!whatever!! Then she was like let me bring u a n****e shield. So she did and latched right away. I had a let down while he was s*****g. She saw my top got soaked on the other side. He sucked and sucked and sucked. And we looked af the shiled it had a whole tip of milk in it. As he sucks a little more we checked again... Milk was gone. Well the floor manager was talking to me and she said maybe its time for a bottle. We agreed to try. Today i came in and the nurse said the doctor refuses to try she said its too early. Well who says? Your book? Because im his mother... I know more than thay book. I just dont get why they wont try.

MonkeyMel 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 26779 posts
Aug 20th '15

That's so hard.  My son was only in the NICU for 8 days but they had to monitor his feeding tube then bottle intake very closely.  Even cut back at one point.  My mom thought he was starving and should be getting more but we just followed doctors orders.  When we were allowed to start nursing at 7 days, you could tell he was so hungry and wanted ALL the milk.  Thankfully he latched on well after having all those bottles.  Your situation I can tell is would be so much harder.  I can't really give any advice, I don't have any experience with preemies, but I'm sure everything will work out fine in the long run.  Sorry it's so frustrating right now. 

Jujubeeeeee 3 kids; Fredericktown-Millsboro, Pennsylvania 3559 posts
Aug 20th '15

Quoting Phallus Cranium:
how are your lo's blood sugar levels?

That is a big factor as well

I know its hard though Very Sad


They never mentions anything to me. They just said he doesnt know how to nurse or bottle feed until 34-37 weeks and they refuse to try. But hes doing it.. He may not be pro, but he is doing it

Mia K Belle 2 kids; Toronto, Ontario 378 posts
Aug 20th '15

Quoting Milk*factory*:

They never mentions anything to me. They just said he doesnt know how to nurse or bottle feed until 34-37 weeks and they refuse to try. But hes doing it.. He may not be pro, but he is doing it


Odd my dd is a 28 weeker and they let me put her on the breast at 31 weeks she came home before 35 weeks I would ask for another Dr's opinion doesn't sound like they are moving at lo's pace 

Jujubeeeeee 3 kids; Fredericktown-Millsboro, Pennsylvania 3559 posts
Aug 20th '15

Quoting Phallus Cranium:

every 3 hours he feeds, right?

Can you ask to put him on your breast after feeds so he can try? I mean, as long as he is still getting the correct amount of calories, he will be ok


He is always awake 30 mins early for his feed and starts tryjng to find milk about 10 mins after his feed starts he falls asleep. 

Amelia [a Mom] 1 child; 4 angel babies; Tallahassee, Florida 18492 posts
Aug 20th '15

Too much, too soon can cause them to have a setback so the neos are cautious not to introduce bottle/breast before they are physiologically ready to put in that kind of work for a feed. As Coll said, it also can cause them to burn more calories than they take in and right now you want to put as much weight on him as you can. Sometimes you do have to press the doctor a bit to allow more bottle/breast feeds. I had to fight just to be able to nurse him once a day (and by then he was about 37weeks).

I I know it's hard but just try to remember that their orders are evidence based and not just given arbitrarily because they have a gut feeling your baby isn't ready.