Thank god for this site...I have been a member since January and have referred to this site numerous times to answer some of my questions or simply to see that I am not alone.
In November I gave birth to my second preemie at 31 wks. She is at a very healthy weight of 10 lbs at 6 weeks adjusted. She remained in the NICU for 10 weeks simply because she would not feed from the bottle with every feed. We fought tirelessly with the NICU staff on the issue of feeding. So much so that they were scaring me with chat of a feeding tube if she did not start feeding regularly. My first daughter did the very same thing and she was a preemie as well at 32 weeks (she is now a spunky 3 year old).
My daughter is a very slow eater, sometimes taking 45 minutes to an hour to take 3 oz. Then at other times she can gulp the same amount in 20-30 minutes. I currently feed her on a every four hour schedule (at times waking her to eat). I am curious if anyone else out there has experienced this delayed interest in feeding. And at what point do you allow your child to go to a demand feeding schedule? My daughter is healthy, she has been evaluated from head to toe and is fine...she just does not feed quickly or show a consistant interest in eating.
Any advice or experiences that you can share would be very helpful:)