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If you had/have a PREEMIE... KNZ. 3 kids; Washington 59191 posts
23rd Mar '13

Please be patient with me,
i'm new to this.
This is aimed at people who've had preemies who have needed to stay in the nursery.



I had my son at 35 weeks via c-sec (third kiddo, third c-sec)



He's needed to stay in the nursery the last 3.5 days.
I was so excited cos he was able to get off oxygen, lose the air tube, get his IV taken out, moved to a regular bed.



I'm discharged as of 10PM tonight, but still staying here at the hospital for him.
I go to the nursery every couple hours, day and night to nurse him and then pump and save what little colostrum i get,



Well, i just got a call from the nursery-- they say he's back under the warmer and because of his blood sugar-- they're giving him formula.
I ask if i can come give him the syringes of breast milk instead...
...they say they already did.
what? the hours i spent pumping that- wasn't for them to give him, it was for me-to continue the bonding, and if they were to give it to him- call me to come down first or tell me that's the plan?



I'm hating this and don't know what to do.
My other kids were comfort-sucking, breastfeeders.
I'm at a loss as to how to handle this situation.

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
23rd Mar '13

You need to explain to them what you just said, that YOU want to feed and they are to contact you before doing anything else.

Taryn - Anya's mommy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 49446 posts
23rd Mar '13

Sweetie, I know its hard having him in there, but they need to do it when they can do it, the nurses are taking care of other babies and they try to keep them on a schedule if they can.

Maebaby&Grayson Due October 15; 2 kids; South Carolina 7556 posts
23rd Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting KNZ.:</b>" Please be patient with me, i'm new to this. This is aimed at people who've had preemies who have needed ... [snip!] ... don't know what to do. My other kids were comfort-sucking, breastfeeders. I'm at a loss as to how to handle this situation. "</blockquote>




I just wanted to say I didn't know you had your baby I'm thinking of and praying for you

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
23rd Mar '13

Most NICUs only have one patient per nurse.....

KNZ. 3 kids; Washington 59191 posts
23rd Mar '13
Quoting Taryn - Anya's mommy:" Sweetie, I know its hard having him in there, but they need to do it when they can do it, the nurses are taking care of other babies and they try to keep them on a schedule if they can."


we were on a schedule all together though- then they switched it to them calling me when he's up and wants to eat.. there's only 3 other babies in there, and the nurses out number them. i just don't understand why not communicating with me suddenly is part of the plan?

KNZ. 3 kids; Washington 59191 posts
23rd Mar '13
Quoting Maebaby2012+1:" <blockquote><b>Quoting KNZ.:</b>" Please be patient with me, i'm new to this. This ... [snip!] ... situation. "</blockquote> I just wanted to say I didn't know you had your baby I'm thinking of and praying for you"


thankya <3

KNZ. 3 kids; Washington 59191 posts
23rd Mar '13
Quoting Allissa Specht:" Most NICUs only have one patient per nurse....."


yeah, every time i'm in there he's had one if not 2 nurses there able to come into our little "area" at any time.

Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
23rd Mar '13

Oh no!!!! Idk hun. I just wanted to say Congrats. Why'd you have him early?

Taryn - Anya's mommy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 49446 posts
23rd Mar '13
Quoting Allissa Specht:" Most NICUs only have one patient per nurse....."

most NICUs that I have seen, do not have one patient per nurse, and I have seen 3 different NICUs in 3 different hospitals, its usually at least 3 babies per nurse

Taryn - Anya's mommy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 49446 posts
23rd Mar '13
Quoting KNZ.:" yeah, every time i'm in there he's had one if not 2 nurses there able to come into our little "area" at any time. "

Tell them you would like them to call you, are you sure they know you are staying in the hospital?

KNZ. 3 kids; Washington 59191 posts
23rd Mar '13
Quoting Allissa Specht:" You need to explain to them what you just said, that YOU want to feed and they are to contact you before doing anything else."


I did kinda talk to them about it and they/my guy made me feel guilty like i'm not looking out for his best interest in feeling this way.

Walking in Memphis 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Macon, Georgia 5936 posts
23rd Mar '13

I didn't have a premie but ds1 had to spend some time in the nicu. I understand that nurses have other patients but I always felt like good communication was the key. I would ask why you were not told about him getting the milk you pumped and how in the future you would like to be notified before they do it again.

KNZ. 3 kids; Washington 59191 posts
23rd Mar '13
Quoting Taryn - Anya's mommy:" Tell them you would like them to call you, are you sure they know you are staying in the hospital?"


yes. and i'm not officially discharged for another 2 hours.

HungryHippo 2 kids; Missouri 11974 posts
23rd Mar '13

I would just talk to them and let them know you want to feed LO not them,or no formula or whatever you want to do.
And congrats I didn't even know you had him :)