• 6 months ago

    Premature won't stay awake to finish bottle

    My son was born at 35 wks and 1 day. He has been in NICU since day 1 so it's been 7 days as of yesterday. He takes his full amount and at times a little more 2-3 times a day and gained 1.2 oz in 24 hours but then lost 9 grams 24 hours after the weight gain. We have been told that if he didnt finish his bottles he would get a Ng tube and when he only nursed for a total of 9 min and then took 19 MLS (cc) of his bottle he was given a Ng tube. Does anyone have suggestions to help. I have read about Dr. Brown nipples and ordered some so I'm hoping that helps but other suggestions would be helpful.

    Thank you,

    A concerned and frustrated father.

Responses

  • 6 months ago

    RE: Premature won't stay awake to finish bottle

    Dear frustrated father,
    I hope by now you aren't as worried about your son as when you wrote this. Do not feel alone with this concern, my daughter too was premature 34 weeks and had similar feeding issues as well. During her 23 day stay in the nicu I worked daily with a feeding specialist/therapist who gave me many different techniques and bottles (amazon was a life saver as you cannot find special bottles in the stores!!) I suggest you and mom maybe reach out to see if a feeding therapist can help you as well. Check online for special bottles too if this is something you are interested in. Good Luck with everything !
  • 6 months ago

    RE: Premature won't stay awake to finish bottle

    Dear frustrated father,
    I hope by now you aren't as worried about your son as when you wrote this. Do not feel alone with this concern, my daughter too was premature 34 weeks and had similar feeding issues as well. During her 23 day stay in the nicu I worked daily with a feeding specialist/therapist who gave me many different techniques and bottles (amazon was a life saver as you cannot find special bottles in the stores!!) I suggest you and mom maybe reach out to see if a feeding therapist can help you as well. Check online for special bottles too if this is something you are interested in. Good Luck with everything !