Sunday, November 27, 2011
Preemie Life - Day 30 1st Nutritive Feed
Today I got a call from the resident, "Cheetah is giving all the signs that she wants to eat, so we've decided you can try a nutritive feed." And so that's what we did today. How much milk did she get? I have no idea. That's the one thing about nursing that is difficult you just can't tell how much your baby has eaten and we are in such a different position then with a newborn. When a newborn is born the amount of time they spend sucking correlates directly to how much milk you produce. They eat until they are full. If they need more milk they suck longer and that stimulates more milk production. Meanwhile we've got preemie girl. For thirty days I've been pumping so my milk supply is far more then what she needs to eat in the day. Then instead of being like a newborn that sucks until she is full, preemie girl sucks until she is to tired to eat, which happens really fast. And so I put her on and for about five minutes she would suck and sleep, suck and sleep. I know she got some milk. I know she swallowed some, but how much it was, who knows? After she ate I pumped six ounces of milk. Not for the first time in my life did I wish that my breast were clear so I could actually see the milk. I want my baby girl to nurse, but when the student nurse came in and told me that with her preemies she just pumped and then feed them by bottle because she wanted to make sure they got enough to eat, I totally understood where she was coming from and knew there was no way I couldn't say that I might not end up in the same place. But for now, I'm hear, I'm trying, and I'm hoping my little girl will build up some stamina.