Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Owen weighs 10lbs and 15oz!! He's 23 inches long!!

He's been doing a little better lately with his bottle feeding!

We met with the nutritionist and have some new plans. We're working to help Owen sleep through the night. Its important for him to be undisturbed through the night in order to help him form healthy cycles with sleep. It is also important with my upcoming return to work.

Owen presently gets feedings at 10, 2, and 6; around the clock. Each feeding runs for 1hr. And he's currently at 140ml per feeding. Before his 10am and his 10pm, he's given the bottle first. However much he takes from the bottle is subtracted from the amount that goes into the pump.

We can't yet discontinue his 2am feeding due to his difficulties with tolerating volume increases. If we eliminate the 2am, we would have to add the missed amount from that feeding to the other feedings. That would be too much of an increase in the other feedings for him to tolerate. So the plan is for him to get his two formula feedings on a continuous feed throughout the night from 11pm to 6am. Then he'll still have breast milk feedings at 8:30am, 12pm, 4pm, and 8pm.

We have a new plan for his weekly volume increases too. We hope the slower increase will help him adjust easier and not have the gagging episodes.

We're also going to increase the bottle feeding from 2 x per day to 4 x per day. Friday we meet with the speech therapist. Hopefully, we can continue with his improved ability to bottle feed.