Remember how I reported in the last post that they would wait until Ellie was back on low flow oxygen to start oral feedings? And then remember how I also said that the NICU plans change multiple times during the day? Yes, that's right - the plans changed again and we got to feed Ellie today! She is also up to 4lbs 11oz. What a growth spurt!
As we were walking out the door to head to the hospital this morning our nurse called to tell us that we would be able to start oral feedings today and wanted to see if we could get there by her next feeding. We are so happy and excited because we thought it would be a while before we got to do this. She breastfed for the first feeding and then they ran a little bit through her NG tube (about 15mL) to make sure that she got enough. They weighed her before and after the feeding to see how much she took in. She improved from 2201 grams to 2239 grams which means she took in about 38mLs - almost all of her feeding amount. She doesn't like being burped and just like her, her burps are very small :) The next feeding she breastfed like a champ and we didn't need to follow that feeding with any tube feeds. They gave her a break at her 5PM feeding by getting her dinner through the NG tube because she exerts so much more energy with oral feeds and they didn't want her to over do it on the first day.
Wesley and I got there a little early for our night time visit so that we could try her with the bottle at 8PM. She downed the entire bottle in less than 10 minutes, gave us two good burps once she was done and then fell right asleep in an adorable milk coma. Call me crazy but I think she has this eating thing down!!
No new updates on her lungs for now. She did well today on the high flow cannula and they are planning a repeat x-ray tomorrow. They want to get good films when she is doing well to compare to her earlier films to try and get a better picture of what is going on.
Grow Ellie grow!