Attention Moms: Do not follow my advice on formula/breastmilk cocktails for your preemies.
So I switched pediatrician's and had our first appt yesterday. Disasterous. The last doc kept trending my twin preemies as full termers and put them in the 5 percentiile. Agh. The new doc was even worst. :( She says a birth at 36w 4d is NOT full term - three days DOES make a difference and gave them an adjusted age of like 13 days old or something. *cries*
My girls were born 3/13 - their EDD is now 4/6 which makes them basically 2 weeks old. The only positive thing she said was that they appear to be catching up much faster than expected which means adjusted age shouldn't go beyond their first year. Then she moved on to their weight. They've lost between 7-9 oz since their last "4 wk" doc appt. She said to STOP feeding them formula and solely BF. She said the pacifier is killing their appetite. She said they should NOT be sleeping 6 hours at night and to wake them up every 90 minutes to 2 hours for feedings! Head and neck control is on target for chron. age, same with reaching for things like grabbing the bottle when daddy feeds or grabbing sis' shirt and rolling from side to side. She said the rolling was unusual for 2 week old babies *cries* and for me to watch to make sure they aren't actually hyper-extending (arching their backs - a sign of special needs). I definitely know the difference between hyper-extension and rolling over. I have quite a bit of work experience with special needs children but the whole feeding thing is an eye opener. She also said they need a quiet environment to grow in so no more roadtrips until they are 3 months (adjusted age)!! New doc totally ragged on my old doc and says the girls should've spent AT MINIMUM 3 weeks in the Nic until they put on at least a pound. She says independent feeding and breathing isn't the only criteria required for home release and going home three days after birth is child abuse. WTF?
New doc wants to see them back in a week to see if I've followed her instructions and says they should put on at least 4 oz in that time. She says moms of multiples with a background in medicine tend to be the most stubborn of parents because we think we know everything. BOO!!
So my bubble was popped and last night I dragged my deflated ego to their crib to wake them up for a feeding(s). I know it's for the best. I want them to be healthy. I can sleep later. Next year. Whatever.
Sorry for the 2nd thread - I felt expectant moms should pay close attention in case they deliver before 37 weeks.