December 30, 2007

Syringe Feeding

Once Bauer reached about the 24-36 hour mark he started getting hungry. His mouth was too sore to use the bottle, so we had to use the syringe. It worked well, but took a little longer. He only took about 20 cc (2 full syringe) the first couple times. If your baby is like Bauer, he doesn't like his meal being interrupted. Every time we would stop to refill he would get a little irritated. Such a piglet!!

If you do this and have breastmilk, make sure you pour a little out at a time. The syringe will more than likely have blood on it. If you stick it back into the original bottle, it obviously won't be good for too much longer. You'll have bottles everywhere, but that's okay.

Bauer got a little extra air down feeding this way, but at least he was eating. I think his throat may have either been dry or sore from the surgery, but after a while, he began to do well. He actually used the syringe for the first 3 1/2 days. I think this is a little longer than what most babies take, but only by about a day or so. Not too bad.

There are also 2 or 3 different shaped syringes, so try them all and see what works best. The biggest difference is the tip on the end. The one that we liked had a small spout and we just kind of laid it close to the bottom lip.

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