Im worried about my son getting wore out while hes eating. Is there anything else i can do besides what they taught me at the hospital? I wanna make sure he's getting enough to eat.
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It's hard to answer when we don't know what they taught you at the hospital. :) Do you try lightly tickling him while he eats? Undressing him down to diaper and cover just with a light blanket? Do you burp frequently to rouse him back awake? More importantly, is he having the appropriate amount of wet diapers and gaining weight at the suggested rate for his age? If the answers to this last question are "yes" then he is getting what he needs and you don't even have anything to worry about at all.
Sounds like you're doing everything right. I've never had a preemie, but I imagine I'd be a little on the paranoid side. Totally understandable. If it puts your mind at ease any further, it's common for babies to lose a few ounces, as long as he doesn't KEEP losing and as long as your pediatrician feels he didn't lose too much. And if BFing didn't work out for you, I agree with the suggestion to try expressed BM if you can. :)
Jessica - posted on 12/08/2012
Denikka i was actually thinking about doing what your suggesting with the EBM because i know it's important for a premie to have breast milk. And i do what they did at the hospital with the dim lights and soft music playin in the back ground because that is what he knows. :) Thanks :)
Jessica - posted on 12/08/2012
my son is a premie, he was six weeks early. We just got him home & he is still learning how to suck on the bottle. I did try to breast feed him but it seemed like he was more comfortable with the bottle since thats what they started him out with. He has been wet almost every diaper change and had like two bms today, i just worry because he lost 4 oz. The doctor said it could be the scales are different, and the transition from the hospital to home. We feed him layin down on his side, making sure his head is up and properly supporting his neck so he can suck. I just wonder if there is anything more i can do.
Denikka - posted on 12/08/2012
Is he a preemie??
If not, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Breast milk and formula are both full of fats and nutrients, more than enough to meet your baby's needs for growing. As long as your baby is active and alert, eating well, having regular wet and dirty diapers, I wouldn't worry too much about nutrition.
If your son IS a preemie, or otherwise needs special attention to diet, you can do an assortment of things to keep him calm while feeding. Allow his energy to be focused just on sucking, reduce or eliminate as many distractions as possible-dim the lights, sit or lay down in the same spot (as much as possible) to feed, etc.
If you're using a bottle, there are different brands with something like an easy flow nipple on them. This reduces the amount of energy that needs to go into actually sucking and baby can basically just swallow. If you're breastfeeding and he's having a difficult time sucking or you have a slow let down, you may want to switch to EBM (expressed breast milk) in a bottle, for the same reason as above (easy flow nipple means less energy)
Good luck :)
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