Feeding my preemies - how much to push to avoid the gtube?

Kelly - posted on 10/12/2014 ( no moms have responded yet )

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My preemie twins were born at 28 weeks. My water had been broken for many weeks prior, so the littlest one (born 1 lb 12 oz) has hypo plastic lungs. She was on a vent for the first 3 weeks, then cpap another month and a half and now cannula. We are so thankful she made it through (now 43 weeks gestational), but are struggling with her feeds. The hospital is talking about a gtube and I really don't want to put her through a surgery if we don't have to. I have really started to push her to eat the last few days, but am not sure if I am helping or wearing her out. When I feed her (combo of breastfeeding and bottle), she takes about 50-60% of her feeds by mouth and they give the rest through an ng tube. When I leave for the night, they only get 30% in her and tube the rest. We are with a great nursing staff so did I just wear her out and she needs to rest at night or am I just spending more time with her since I'm not having to cover all the other kids they do? Some people say the gtube will give her time to learn at home, but I would rather give her some time to learnt I eat before we go to that extreme. Since they are past their due date, I don't know how long insurance will allow me to work with her in the hospital though. Thoughts? She does have reflux and is on Prilosec.

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