I’m sitting in my den watching Charlotte sleep peacefully in her Fisher Price papasan chair. For you fellow yogis–she’s in a beautiful reclined Baddha Konasana, looking incredibly peaceful. This is terribly frustrating actually because instead of sleeping, she should be eating. She hasn’t eaten since 6:00 a.m.
We’re having a hard time figuring out how to get her to eat regularly so that we can use the NG tube to complement what she eats herself, rather than using the NG tube to feed a sleeping baby. The nutritionist at Children’s tells us that she needs to get 560 ml of food daily. But, in order to get her off the tube, we’re only supposed to feed her when she tells us she’s hungry. Since she only asks for food about 7 times a day, she’d need about 80 ml per feed. If she eats some and we NG the rest (she’s never eaten 80 ml), she seems to “urp” up the portion she didn’t ask for. We’ve had to readjust her Reglan (the medication that keeps her food moving in the correct direction) back to its original schedule to prevent “urp” episodes, so I’m back to medicating her 7 times a day.
Since I’m having a hard time getting the pediatrician on the phone this morning, and the nutritionist only cares about the quantity of calories taken in, I’d like to take a poll of you, Team Charlotte. If you have a chance, can you click on the Comment link at the end of this post and answer a few questions for us?
–On average, how frequently did your 12 week old ask for food (every 2/3/4 hours)? Please tell us if your baby was bottle or breastfed, as we’ve heard there is a difference in terms of feeding frequency.
–On average, how much did baby eat at a feeding (2/3/4 ounces)?
–Did baby eat or sleep between feeds consistently, or did baby sometimes eat every two hours and then the next day eat only every 5 hours?
–If you had a baby who had to transition off of an NG tube, or know anyone who has, can you offer any advice?