Okay well it sounds like I'm doing it right so far. The LC basically clammed up when I sounded more educated than she did. I will get the ENT as soon as possible. I was trying to avoid any more procedures since he's going to have to see a urologist and get his penis operated on eventually, an entirely different story that I will be looking for help with later.
Thank you everyone! I will get to posting my birth story and a picture of my beautiful boy as soon as I get home and settled.
Sounds like you're doing great, and thankfully you knew what to do going in, a great tool the second time around!
I agree on the getting his tongue clipped for future reasons...a TT can affect their swallowing, making them gag a lot more than normal too.
Congrats again, how exciting!!
I agree...get the tongue clipped asap and get that out of the way. Sending :gvibes your way. I agree with Buff...under 20 is not bad and doesn't warrant formula.
Get the tongue-tie clipped! DS1 was born with a tongue-tie and the ENT wouldn't cut it :( and I wasn't educated enough to demand to see someone else. He never latched and that's why I EPed.
DS2 was also tongue-tied, he DID latch, but it was difficult and he lost too much weight to begin with too and had some jaundice. The ENT did clip his tongue and it made a HUGE difference!
I think I am probably the biggest advocate on the face of the earth for fixing tongue-ties but it really did make such a difference and I wish I had been a better advocate for DS1 at the time.
I wouldn't even start to worry about the jaundice until his level is 16 or 17, and then I would *start* to worry. Waylon and Gwyn both had jaundice and it peaked (just like the book said it would) at day 5, right around 16 and then started dropping.
How many days ago was her born? I'm sorry, my days run together! :hug
Yeah I ended up EPing cause I believed the Ped that it had no effect on her latch. UHG! GRrrrr
As far as the penile surgery, what is it for? I may be able to help. I will say ped urologist, want to do a lot of the surgeries young enough for them to still be in diapers, some reason they say it's easier, then. I've went through it with 3 foster sons. They were fleshly brothers to each other, and all three had the same penile deformity. I can't remember the name of it, but the lay name was shovel head penis, it was shaped like a shovel. And the urethra was the wrong direction-it's supposed to go north to south, but the slit went east/west instead. (horizontal instead of vertical) Which causes many problems, form spraying when urinating, instead of a steady stream, to having problems with infertility, and e.d. when grown up. All three had successful surgeries correcting it, EXCEPT the oldest, he was 6 and because of the delay in fixing it, had to have a second surgery for it to "take".
Your little guy is going to need some work to get him nursing properly, but I'm sure you will be up for it. Both of my kids struggled a bit at the beginning. With #1 I would take the edge off on his hunger and feed him a little EBM in a bottle and then transfer him to the breast. #2 lost so much weight and so after every nursing session I pumped and fed him that milk in a bottle. He just got so weak he could not get enough at the breast to get him going strong. It took him about 2 weeks and we dropped the bottles.
You can do it, enjoy him momma!!! :hug
Just a little update. We spent yesterday pumping and finger feeding every two hours. His billirubin is now fine and he gained an ounce. We're going home today!! Next order of business is getting his tongue clipped and getting to latch. Oh, and giving him a name!!
Thanks again llladies. You are always so supportive and helpful.