We ended up trying a bottle at the 3 pm feed today.  I had chosen 3 pm because Nathan is usually quite alert at that time.  Not today.  We used an Avent bottle with a newborn nipple, and he choked and sputtered down a measly 10 mLs.  Which is less than he would get during a semi-decent breastfeed.

So now I’ve done a full 180 from this morning.  In my mind, there is no way that feeding him a bottle will get him home any faster.  It is just something else that he has to learn how to do.  He had an amazing breastfeed at 9 pm, and I am going to focus on that and just keep trying.  His nurse tonight, Sharon, has been very helpful with the breastfeeding.  She told us to just relax and let him do what he is doing with the breastfeeding instead of stressing out about how we can get him home as quickly as possible.  She said that if we do that, he will learn to breastfeed well and he will be home before Christmas – even if it happens to be the 23rd or 24th.  I have peace with that.  I have noticed that when I am stressed out about a breastfeed (because I am in a hurry, because he didn’t gain weight, because his nurse isn’t supportive…), it doesn’t go well.  I just have to relax and let it happen.  And it will!

His weight was up tonight!  He now weighs 2194 grams, which is a little over 4 lbs 13 oz!  His weight gain over the past four days, then, is actually on the high end of what they desire for a baby his size (20 – 30 grams/day).  He is getting so big!

3 thoughts on “Peace

  1. Great news Karen! You know what is best for him!
    Love Aunt Ev

  2. Go with your gut – you’ve done this before:)

    That being said – I have a couple of Haberman feeders if you think you’d like to try them. MUCH better than the disposable NICU nipples. Just so you know.

    Praying for you!

  3. Karen,

    I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been praying for you and your family. I hope that God will give you a special gift this Christmas season 😉

    Nicole Strampel (Vander Vies)

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