Hey, all...I am new here.
Quick back story...I had planned a home birth with a midwife. However, I was driving home yesterday from doing errands, and I had a major contraction at 12:42. I kept driving, and they continued coming about every 1-2 minutes. I hadn't had any out of the ordinary contractions at all yesterday...other than ones that felt the same as the ones I had been having for days. I got home, and had to use the bathroom, went, and my 10 yr old daughter, Shayla, took one look at me and told me that the baby was coming, and she was going to call the midwife, and my hubby, who was at work. I told her no, it was okay, babies take a while to come. Well, I called the midwife and my hubby at 1:15. I was pushing 5 minutes later, and my daughter delivered Ava at 1:47--5 minutes before my husband and the midwife got there. None of us had any idea that things would go this fast...Ava nursed immediately after birth, and did very well. Latch was good, etc.
Around 7 PM, my hubby noticed that Ava was grunting when she was breathing. The midwife told us to take her to the hospital. They admitted her to the NICU--the dr said she has aspiration pneumonia. He said it can often happen when babies are born so fast--they don't have time to get the amniotic fluid squeezed out of their lungs in the birth canal.
Onto my reason for this post: I have told them no formula, no bottles, no pacis. I am willing to pump and syringe/tube/whatever feed her until she can nurse. But I only got a teeny bit of colustrum, maybe 1 cc each time.
How often should I be pumping? Every 2 hours? Will the amount of colustrum increase? Or is that enough to give her? What is the best way to feed her while she is in the hospital? They won't let her eat anyway until her respirations go below 60/minute, and last night she was at about 65 or so. She is on oxygen, too.
Thanks...she is my second baby, but my first is my 10 yr old, and we had no nursing problems at all...so this is all going to be new to me.
I pumped late last night and early this AM, and only