How is Vanessa doing? I've been wondering, we'd love an update
She's doing pretty good. She is hovering around her birth weight. They took her out from the lights on Monday. Her billirubin level had slightly increased today but they are waiting until they check Saturday to decide if she needs the lights again.
She has started taking bottles but rarely finishes them so then they use the feeding tube. Since they've been trying her with bottles at all feedings she has been exhausted and can barely stay awake. I've been pumping 8x/day and can now keep up with her demand. Initially it took everything I'd pumped in a day to feed her at one feeding. They are still fortifying the breast milk so it has more calories. I've been trying to nurse her when I go up. She has a decent latch but BFis even more exhausting than the bottle. Usually she latches and I get 1-2 sucks/minute for about 5 minutes and then she just stayes latched with no sucking for another 10-20 minutes. While I am nursing, they are feeding her through the feeding tube so she associated being at the breast with food.
Our big news for today is they took her out of the incubator. They still won't give an indication of when she can go home. i think if she keeps going how she is, she'll be there for 1 more week.
Dani, I am so glad to hear that Vanessa is doing so well. I am still praying for you guys!
1 more week :yahoo::yahoo:
It is so nice you are able to feed her! Good job with the pumping!!!
She sounds like she is doing so well! Thanks for the update!
Glad she is doing well. KUP!
Glad lil Vanessa is doing well!!
I'm so glad to hear an update, and even more glad that it's a good one! Thinking of you guys!
Sounds like she is doing well! Great to hear
thanks so much for the update, please post pics when you have time and energy!
Yay! Sounds like she is doing well. Hopefully, she won't have to stay in the hospital very long.
So glad to hear she is doing so well
Glad she's doing so well!
How are you doing?
So glad to hear an update! Sounds like the feeding tube is best for her right now, so she can conserve some of that energy for growing!
I am glad to hear that Vanessa is doing so well. I hope she continues to get bigger and stronger so she can come home soon.
Sounds like you are both doing great! Do they have a good lacation program at the hospital? Please let me know if you have any pumping questions.
Sounds like she is doing really well. I know being in the NICU can take it' toll. So I know how exciting the thought of her going home possibly in a week sounds. She sounds like she is doig great!!!!!! Thanks for the update