How is Vanessa doing? I've been wondering, we'd love an update
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
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.
DD1 July 2008 (41w3d)
November 2010 (13 weeks)
DD2 August 2011 (33w5d)
Sounds like she is doing well! Great to hear
thanks so much for the update, please post pics when you have time and energy!
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