Monday, November 24, 2008

Today He Sucked

They moved him to Pod 4, which is awesome. His iv and oxygen and everything have been removed for now, and he only has censors left on his body. He is taking full feeds of breast milk with human milk fortifier to gain some calories. And tonight I got to breast feed him for the very first time. It was amazing, my little boy has a good suckling reflex that's for sure. They say babies don't usually figure out the latch + swallow + breathe thing until week 34, but they let me try because he is sucking really well on the soother. The nurse said we might as well let him get familiar with the breast even though he probably won't do anything with it. But he did, he got out quite a few drops of milk and suckled really well. I mean that kid has better latch than my breast pump. If we had let him suckle for like 10 mins or more I bet he would have gotten quite a bit of milk.

It was amazing to hold him up close to my chest and watch him latch on and when I'd pull the nipple away so he could get more air, he'd shove his face in closer and open and close his mouth. He actually managed to get my nipple back in his mouth when I pulled away.

I'm not getting my hopes up, he may be back on the oxygen tomorrow, he may need an isolette to keep his temperature up.. Things can change overnight I know.. But right now he's doing pretty well and for that I am so thankful. I might even get a few hours of sleep tonight.

4 comments:

Amy said...

I'm so glad he's doing so well. Good job, Mommy. Don't forget to try and take care of you, too.

Becky said...

I'm so glad!! And jealous, Lily was never able to latch on properly.

I think he'll be home before you know it.

I probably sound like a broken record, but take care of yourself. Enjoy that sleep now : )

She said...

That's great news. :) He's very lucky to have you...

Ange said...

This is wonderful news..am so pleased. He is quite a strong mature little fella it seems. Try and catch some sleep. xx