Feeding Issues

Are you part of the NICU club? Do you have a child who is still struggling with the effects of being born too soon from preeclampsia? Share your concerns and stories here among parents who have been there.
bhesseling
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Re : Feeding Issues

Postby bhesseling » Tue Jan 04, 2005 08:28 am

I have tried many different brands and sizes of nipples and bottles. No difference. She goes in spurts where for a week or two she'll do great eating-no problems. Then for the next week or so she's horrible. Right now we're trying to cut down on the amount of formula and go for more jars of baby food. The drs. and I have had many discussions on this topic-one just last night. We decided to try using baby food as her main source of nutrition and just using formula as a supplement to hydrate her. We'll see how that goes today. In general, I try not to stress out about this b/c she is doing so well. She went thru so much and if this is her only effect then we're extremely lucky. I was just curious to hear if other parents' of preemies had ever experienced the same thing and if so, does it ever end?

Beth Hesseling

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Re : Feeding Issues

Postby deerhart » Mon Jan 03, 2005 02:00 pm

you might check htat she doesn't have an intolerance ot the food your giving her. Also another thing to do is to check the flow of the nipple. If hte flow is too slow they can get frustrated at not getting the food, if its too fast then she could be gagging herself becuase she can't swallow fast enough.
Also is she doing this at the begginging, part way through etc? If its part way through she might just be getting gas or may still need smaller but more frequent meals.

A third thing to try is different types of bottles and nipples. My children HATED certain types of nipples nad refused to eat from them (and my boys LOVE LOVE LOVE to eat and eat like crazy and have since they were born),

Couple of ideas on things to try. GL

Erin

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Re : Feeding Issues

Postby bhesseling » Mon Jan 03, 2005 01:09 pm

Olivia was a great eater in the NICU. Even when she came home she did well for the 1st 2 months or so. Then it just went downhill from there. She is on a high calorie formula (30 cal/oz.) but she's just not getting enough volume. The drs and therapists have given us many ideas but none have worked. I'm not necessarily expected anyone to have any new breakthrough ideas at this point. It would just be nice to know others have gone through this. I'm not real worried about her since she's so healthy and happy. So skinny though :)

Alissa mommy to:
Dominic 9/10/97-9/11/97 @ 28 weeks
Victoria 1/8/02 @ 30 weeks
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Re : Feeding Issues

Postby mom2tori » Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:38 am

I wish I had some sort of advice for you but my daughter was born at 30 weeks weighing in at 2 pounds 7 oz and was/is the biggest piggy I have ever seen! In the NICU she would down her bottle so fast the nurses all made comments that Victoria should teach the other babies how to eat. Victoria gained wieght quickly and is still a hefty 38 pounds at 2 years old!! Is your daughter on extra vitamins and high calorie formula or something to help her pack some pounds on? Maybe she is just one of those girls who will always be petite and a fussy eater. I hope that something gets worked out so that she gets to the weight that the doctors want her at. Do they suggest anything for you? I would think if it was a concern of theirs that they would have some idea of what should be done for her. Good luck getting her to eat when she isn't interested, and I am sorry I am not that much help for you.

Alissa mommy to:
Dominic 9/10/97-9/11/97 @ 28 weeks
Victoria 1/8/02 @ 30 weeks

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Feeding Issues

Postby bhesseling » Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:03 am

My daughter is 6.5 adjusted age. She was born in March, three months early and weighing 1 lb. 8 oz. She has many problems in the NICU but finally came home in June. She is doing great! Meeting all of her milestones. Her only issue is her feeds. She hates taking the bottle - always has. She's not gaining the weight that the drs. would like her to. Has anyone else with a preemie had these problems? Her drs. tell me it is pretty common and when I found this site I thought I might try to see if anyone else has had this problem. Please contact me and we can discuss further.



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