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The Sky is the Limit: Breastfeeding a Vent-Dependent NICU baby

While on three-day hospital bed rest with PPROM, I researched what was required to create a breast milk supply under these circumstances: our son was going to be an extremely low birth weight, premature, and sick baby. He would be separated from me at birth, untouchable for days, possibly weeks. I read that pumping within […]

Celebrating Every Preemie Milestone

When my first child rolled over for the first time, her daddy and I cheered.  We applauded her when she sat and later when she crawled.  We laughed when she said her first word, “duck”, and laughed more when she began calling everything “duck”.  Like all new parents, we thought everything she did was exceptional.  […]

A G-Tube is Not a White Flag

Surrender. Defeat. Failure. These are the words that circulated in my head when I reluctantly agreed to a gastrostomy for my son. My son and his twin sister were born 16 weeks early. Due to a complication of a PDA surgery at only two weeks old, my son was left with a paralyzed vocal cord. […]

NG Tubes, mLs, and Feedings

When my preemie was admitted into the NICU I determined to keep a daily journal of her NICU stay. I kept track of her weight, feedings, blood work, nurse and doctor names, oxygen levels, visitors, room changes, and medical procedures. Somehow I knew that I would someday be glad I had so much detailed information […]