Originally Posted by Earth Momma
my little miracle was 5 wks in the NICU, went home with a G-tube and feeding pump.....He's a cardiac patient and they anticipated feeding issues... we saw a therepist who taught us oral stimulation exercises that we did around every diaper change (so alot) these helped to strengthen the muscles around his mouth, jaw, lips, tongue, etc. it also kept "things" in his mouth so he never developed an aversion to things in his mouth....he wasn't cleared to eat by mouth until 3 months it was a long hard transition but he finally nursed and continued until 22 months!!!
I can't remember if it was an occupational or speech theropist but start asking!!
as a side note - we recently met a family with the same cardiac condition, their child is 6 and will NOT put anything in his mouth - is feed exclusively by G-tube! We feel so greatful!
Whoa! Similar situation!! So we are home now (after 12 weeks) and we have a gtube. We finally figured out that she doesnt have an oral aversion, she has a milk aversion! Weeks of being NG fed and the puking it ALL up made her dislike the taste of milk. She will NOT breast or bottle feed. She loves the paci, loves chewing on a toy or my fingers and even her fingers!
Shell be starting the feeding clinic soon and I hope that when she starts eating real food, she will Want to eat.
I also felt pure relief when she started taking the paci. Knowing that she didnt mind having things in her mouth made the gtube seem really...temporary.
Your lo learned to nurse and successfully?! That is such an inspiration!!!!!!