Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bye, Bye Feeding Tube

Well our baby girl has been with us 3 weeks and today is was her scheduled due date. It seems like time has gone by so fast!

Luella is almost back to her birth weight (8lbs 6oz), she currently weights 8lbs 1oz. I decided since she was gaining weight so well that we would stop using the feeding tube for a while and see how things progress. Great news, she really seems to be getting the hang of it! We'll continue her physical therapy until her jaw is aligned, but the stressfulness of the situation is lifting. We knew nursing was the best thing for her, but it was a rough few weeks so thank you all for your prayers and support!

For those who aren't familiar with the situation, the doctors and physical therapist believe Luella was positioned in the birth canal incorrectly for some time. This caused muscles on one side of her head (and body) to become very tense which resulted in misalignment. We nursed Luella in the hospital and she slowing lost weight, she was down to 7lbs 2oz. At our first doctor apt we were encouraged to supplement with formula through a feeding tube until Luella 'got the hang of nursing'. We decided to stop by the St. Luke's lactation department that same day to see if there was anything else I could do to help her. After some examination of Luella's mouth they found that her jaw was asymetrical and if Luella sucked properly at breast it would cause her to choke. Thankfully they found the problem so early and got us in touch with an amazing physical therapist to help our little girl.

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