Our daughter is 16 weeks actual (4 months), 9 weeks adjusted and currently weighs 9 lbs., 12 oz.
She was born at 33 weeks, and 1 day and was on an ng tube for quite a while because she wasn't taking enough by bottle. She was on oxygen, and reflux and thrush complicated the issue.
I am having problems getting her to take the volume that she needs to take. She is currently on 24-calorie formula and is gaining well on that. But the ped wants her to increase her volume so we can move her down to 22 or 20 calories. She takes between 2-3 oz. a feeding every three hours, but needs to take between 3-4 oz.
She was on an ng tube until September 15th. She has improved since then, but not fast enough to decrease the formula calories.
She does have reflux, but it seems pretty well controlled on Prevacid (15 mg once daily.)
Most times she starts out great, but then falls asleep. Once or twice a day she is really fussy. There is really no pattern that I can figure out.
She had a swallow study yesterday and did well. She still has a little bit of an immature suck-swallow-breathe reflux, but has improved. She doesn't need to have her formula thickened, and doesn't need to have another study done unless something else pops up.
Maybe it is just a matter of time because she has improved. But has anyone else experienced this? Have you been able to do anything to increase the amount that your LO eats?
Edited October 29, 2010 at 11:02 am