Quoting mommy to 3 little monster:" My baby was born on the 26th of April, she was born at 32weeks and weighed 4lbs, she has had feeding ... [snip!] ... did it take them to gain good weight and maintain it. I hate having to leave my baby everyday I just want her home with us."
Hey mama. I just saw this and had to comment....
My son was a preemie and it took him a while--I'd say a good month--to master it. The "suck, swallow, breathe reflex usually doesn't fully kick in until they're about 36 weeks gestation. I remember getting so frustrated because it seemed like he would never get it right; he would dsat or give out trying. They still kept his feeding tube in (through his nose) while they tried him on the bottle a couple times a day. It was usually a hit and miss for a while but eventually he got it.
Just give it time, mama. She's using a lot of energy trying to get the bottle thing down but she'll get it. I know how impatient it feels, two steps forward, three steps back, the good days and bad days....
The whole NICU experience is emotionally, physically and mentally draining. Most preemie parents have PTSD from such a traumatic experience. I liken the NICU journey to a roller-coaster: it's full of ups and downs, ooo's and ahhh's, achievements and setbacks but once you get your little one home, the grand prize is sooo worth it.
Ever since my son was born premature almost 3 years ago, I now advocate for preemies and their families, offer support to them, have learned a lot about preemies, their conditions, procedures, volunteer for the March of Dimes and Children's Miracle Network and offer support to families that are now on the NICU "roller-coaster".
I'm gonna PT you and if you have any questions, need advice or just need someone to talk to, I'm here. I'm usually in and out during the day but stay on BG about all night.
Good luck to you and your little warrior. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.