Ruby has been doing very well finger feeding using the Medela SNS. We even go out in public and feed her this way. She has been at it for 6 days now. I have seen substantial progress!
- Weak suck
- Moved tongue very little
- Positioned my finger in the back of her throat, passed the soft spot
- Pooped frequently had form to it
- Ate 1-1.5 ounces in about twice as long as a bottle feeding
- Lost down to 10 lb 10.5 oz
- Much stronger suck (now using the smallest size tube)
- I feel her tongue lapping the milk into the back of her throat
- Positions my finger in the proper place
- Her stool has been liquid since day 3
- Eats the same amount that she did from a bottle in about the same time
- Back up to 11 lb
I am very excited about our progress. Orginally I was bummed that she was stuck in the middle for so long. Being patient and content was difficult. Now I am very glad that she didn’t go straight to the breast. We needed this vital step in order to be successful.
The Medela SNS is a pain to use. I have been interested in trying the Lact-Aid, but didn’t want to spend that much money unless I was certain it was a worthy investment. Then I had someone email me, and offer to mail hers to me since she didn’t need it anymore! Yay! for awesome support from other Moms. I have never met this mom before and yet she is interested in helping me! I am truly amazed by the support which God has brought my way! There are still good, honest, loving people out there who care about people, even those they have never met. I am looking forward to trying out the Lact-Aid she mailed me. Maybe it will prove to be more user friendly than the Medela SNS.
During most feedings, I try to latch Ruby onto the breast towards the end of the feeding. Sometimes she takes it for a little while (1-2 minutes), other times she doesn’t. When I finger feed her, I pull my breast out of my shirt, turn her toward it, and place my nipple next to her mouth. I want her to become used to it again and associate it with eating.
I would really like to get her back to the breast before we leave Tuesday for Youth Congress (Colombus, OH). Truly, can’t see myself feeding her with my finger there. I picture myself breastfeeding. It’s a difficult thing to balance faith and reality. I believe in miracles. But I also want to be reasonable about my expectations.
For now, I am prepared to travel while being Stuck in the Middle. But I’m also still hoping for a miracle.