Baby Emmett, breastfeeding, NICU

NICU day 68

Another good day today. I was at work for most of it, but the report from D was all good news.

After dinner tonight I came back to the hospital to nurse E at his 8:30 cares. Tonight was the first time we did a weighted feed. According to the scale, he got 4 ML from me, which is only about 8 percent of his total feed and he needs to be taking 80 percent to have his feeding tube removed. I don’t put a lot of stock in that number, though. For one, I felt really rushed by the nurse. He only nursed for about a half hour and I felt like he could have gone much longer but I was tired of her bugging me. I know she’s got a schedule to stick to and she had to push the rest of his feed by tube after getting his post-breastfeeding weight, but I think she should have given us a little longer. Theo used to regularly take 45 minutes or more to nurse when he was little, and he was a full-term baby. The other thing is, I don’t have a lot of faith in the scale. In fact, the first post-feed weight showed that he had lost 2 grams, which isn’t physically possible since he didn’t even have a diaper change in between. So the nurse weighed him again, and that’s when it showed the 4-gram gain, and that’s the number she went with. It seems she could have checked a third time to corroborate the numbers, and if it was off with his post-feed weight, it certainly could have been off with his starting weight. It’s not like I think we’re anywhere close to getting 80 percent via nursing yet, which is why I didn’t push the issue. But as E gets more efficient and I think he could actually be getting closer to a full feed, I’ll push back with the nurses more if needed, and will demand they recheck their weight if the numbers don’t look right.

Speaking of weight, Emmett gained 18 grams tonight, bringing him to 6 lbs 1 oz.


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