Cup Feeding Strikes Again! - page 6

So I had this lovely little guy, about 3700 grams, term, some meconium staining at birth, otherwise completely boring pregnancy and vaginal delivery. He had some low blood sugars (which we call... Read More

  1. by   Jolie
    Quote from cherokeesummer
    Curious!

    Anyway...I wonder now if they could have just had him in the regular nursery? Must have been a protocol thing there. But odd. We only ever got one or two successful latches going forward and he was not happy with it (not fast enough I guess LOL) but I don't think it was just b/c he got bottles right away. Could be, but I'm not upset over it, you know- I'm just glad he survived and is doing great! He is an 18 month old boy full of energy!

    I guess my question is...there is a law saying you can't use bottles if they want to breastfeed? Wow! I never would have thought that. I mean I understand the fear but YIPES. I'd be worried about cup feeding too. I do remember now that our pediatrician told us about cup feeding when he was about a week old but it looked too "odd" to me...and just not really comfortable.

    I suspect that the reason your son went to NICU for stabilization of his blood sugars was primarily due to your history of diabetes. If he had been a run-of-the-mill full-term baby with one or two low blood sugars, it is possible that he might have been managed in the well-baby nursery. Your having diabetes makes stabilizing his blood sugar much trickier, especially in the first 24 hours, so starting a continuous IV of dextrose was really the safest and best way to manage his care.

    Glad to hear he is healthy!
  2. by   lovemyjob
    Quote from crissrn27
    I've heard that the new recommendations are for a otherwise health pregnancy that may end with a baby with an unstable blood sugar is that for mom to pump starting at 38weeks. This is so the baby can get cup/dropper/gavaged with colostrum instead of formula so as not to disturb the ph of the gut. Thought this was kind of interesting and it kinda fit here!
    I though breast stimulation like this was contraindicated in late pregnancy?

    If u start at 38 weeks, you could be leading to preterm labor for a 36weeker (if dates are inaccurate.)
  3. by   Jolie
    Quote from lovemyjob
    I though breast stimulation like this was contraindicated in late pregnancy?

    If u start at 38 weeks, you could be leading to preterm labor for a 36weeker (if dates are inaccurate.)
    To my knowledge, it is not contra-indicated in a healthy, term pregnancy. I suppose that there may be some risk of error in dates, but I don't think that would affect a significant percentage of patients. Heck, it might even help to do away with "convenience" inductions!
  4. by   Kiwimid
    you should not stimulate the nipples untill term by pumping. It can trigger contractions. not a good idea. I had a breast reduction after my first but before 2, 3,and 4. I did manage to partiually feed the three youngest, but there wasnt alot. Although i do wonder because they were never dehydrated, and i know the signs. they were having 6 to 8 wet nap a day and had great bm s as well. I guess i will necer truely know, but to me they had the best of both worlds. Number four still looks at them longingly and he was weaned at 6 months. hehehe hes a boob man
  5. by   BittyBabyGrower
    Your baby was probably in NICU because of the fluids...our normal nursery refuses to take kids with an IV and frequent checks.
  6. by   crissrn27
    Quote from lovemyjob
    I though breast stimulation like this was contraindicated in late pregnancy?

    If u start at 38 weeks, you could be leading to preterm labor for a 36weeker (if dates are inaccurate.)
    Yeah, thats why they say 38 weeks. I would want to have very good dates if I was gonna try this. But for folks with a hx of babies that are poor breast feeders, and diabetic, I guess it could work.
  7. by   ElvishDNP
    Um, please pardon my bluntness, but I have a feeling that lots of people are doing DIY breast stimulation at home, if you catch my drift, with or without contraindications.
  8. by   prmenrs
    Quote from Arwen_U
    Um, please pardon my bluntness, but I have a feeling that lots of people are doing DIY breast stimulation at home, if you catch my drift, with or without contraindications.


    Why, I have absolutely NO idea what you're talking about. (She says facetiously.)
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from prmenrs
    Why, I have absolutely NO idea what you're talking about. (She says facetiously.)


    steph
  10. by   crissrn27
    DIY........thats right, I know by 41 weeks I would've if I had known about it then!
  11. by   lovemyjob
    Well, it starts a little something like this!!!!

    :kiss

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