Feeding issues... HELP!!!

My daughter was born at 28 weeks and is 38 weeks and 3 days now.  At 37 weeks we were told oxygen was coming off and she was doing good eating from the bottle then tuesday morning i get a call that my daughter had aspiration pneumonia because whoever put her feeding tube in did not notice that the tube curved and went back up.  She was put on an iv, her feedings stopped and she was given antibiotics.  That was 8 days ago and now she is having a hard time eating again. All she wants to do is sleep.  Her feeding is the only thing holding us back.  Any advice to keep her awake?  I tickle her feet, move her, take off her blanket.  Any ideas help.

6 Replies

  • In reply to madd1991:

    Hi madd1991
    How is your son doing with feeding? My doctor told me that if they still can’t eat within the next 4 weeks, they will put in g tube to send them home.
    I now start tracking of their alertness to see if I should do the lip feeding, change formula (currently breast milk, neosure and HMF), taking the tube out etc. so far they are alert about 30% of the time. I guess that explains why they don’t want to eat.
  • In reply to Nicutwins:

    I pray your daughter does too. It is very difficult and disheartening to think of all the extra time just to still go home with a tube.
  • In reply to madd1991:

    Madd1991 - I am sorry to hear about your boy. I asked their doctor this morning about the next plan if they still don’t eat. I was told to give another 4 weeks of trying, if they still don’t eat, then it will be G-tube just like you said. I hope your boy will eat soon.
  • In reply to Nicutwins:

    My baby boy was born 6 weeks early in June 15th. He has been in the nicu for a full 6 weeks and his due date was July 25th. We have been working on feedings for 3 weeks and he is showing no signs of being able to consistently eat anytime soon. They are even talking about doing surgery to assist his eating when we go home if we are still here in 2 weeks. I understand your pain
  • In reply to Jrmiller25:

    Hi - Is your daughter feeding issue resolved? My twin girls were also born at 28 weeks, still in the nIcu for 76 days and counting due to feeding issue. They still can’t finish their bottle. Can you share tips?
    NIcu twin girls
  • Congratulations on your baby girl! Oh the roller coaster ride of the NICU, it is so so hard. My son had a very similar setback with feeding. He started feeding great then got an infection and was put on antibiotics only to realize he didn’t have an infection so we started back feedings again. It was a HUGE setback for us. It was so hard to see this as I wanted to push him along so he could come home. Are you able to be at the NICU alot? Will she take the bottle when you feed her? After time (2weeks) he would always take the bottle for me but not always the nurses. What finally ended up working for him was me staying at the NICU and feeding him each feed. I think he was ready at that point and it just all clicked for us. It takes time but she will get there! Everyone kept telling us he would get there and he did.

    Thinking of you! Keep us posted!