Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Today the doctors finally ordered that Veronica give feeding by mouth a try. For most babies, 34 weeks gestational age is generally when they are able to coordinate the actions of sucking and swallowing with their breathing. Veronica is 36 weeks and was more than ready to give it a try. She was taken off CPAP and she did beautifully. Initially it seemed like she wasn't sure what to do, but eventually she guzzled all 15 ml of her milk. Veronica's nurse said it was a great sign that she did it so well. That should hopefully mean she'll get the feeding thing down pretty quickly, which would be one less thing keeping her in the NICU. We still need her to get off of CPAP though. But last night after I left, she did almost two more hours trialing off. So she was off of CPAP for a total of two and a half hours!! Go, Veronica, go!!