Dr. Brown was recommending we start her tube feeds back up but continuously feed her though out the night up to 8 oz and not do daytime feeds. His thoughts were this would allow her to be hungry during the day.
I have a couple issues with this.....
1) Going back to night time feeds is a step backwards for us.
2) Doing continuous feeds is a step backwards also.
3) Continuous feeds do not allow the stomach to empty and the feel hungry (basically she would be full all night)
4) I honestly don't think Allie feels hunger in the first place so tube feeding her all night OR all day isn't going to make a difference with her oral eating.
Maybe the doctor knows something I don't know but since they cannot get us in to see him until the end of August, it must not be too critical in regards to how I am getting the food into her. I am currently giving her 12 oz total for the day and we are working our way up to more. If I followed the doctors advice, she would be getting 8 oz a day.
I am going to continue offering her food at every meal and if she chooses not to eat, then I will give her tube feeding. She is getting 3 oz of blenderized diet for breakfast, lunch, dinner & before bed. This routine is giving her tummy plenty of time to empty between meals - so she should still be able to feel hungry.
Once again, I'm going with my mommy instinct and praying it's the right decision!
|Allie blowing bubbles on the 4th of July|