11 March 2009

Latch on!!!

Tonight I got to put Emmeliese on the breast at her 8:30 feeding. I was not expecting much, but I had noticed this morning that she was rooting around after we fed her with formula from the syringe. I gave her my finger and she sucked hard on it for about 5 minutes. So tonight, I told the nurse I'd like to just let her use me as a pacifier after she ate even though we did not clear it with the neonatologist. Her nurse suggested I go ahead and try to let her nurse before she had the formula from the syringe. AND, lo and behold, she latched right on and nursed for about 10 minutes!!! I was so excited! She got tired and sleepy eventually and we fed her the formula in the syringe. She never got to the right breast, but she had a great latch on the left and nursed exactly like she should!
I was just so amazed and proud of her. Thank God for the whole no-artificial-nipples drum that we've been beating since before we got here. I think we have annoyed the heck out of all the doctors and nurses, but it's working so far! I can't wait for my milk to come in. I really want her to actually get nourishment from me! Because she knows how to nurse! She latched on! Hurrah!

8 comments:

Sarah S-D said...

woohoo! FABULOUS!!!!

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

How wonderful! I am so happy she's here and doing well.

This Heavenly Life said...

Good jobs mama & baby! So happy to hear everything's going well, and we'll keep you in our prayers for a speedy release date.

j said...

That is such a great sign, and will help both of you so much as you both heal. I've been praying you right through. ((((April)))) ((((Emmalise))))

j said...

SORRY! ((((Emmeliese!!))))

Amalee Issa said...

Blimey! And the excuse I was thinking of was this - I've been a bit busy with work and haven't had time to surf on in... and the next thing I know there are endings and beginnings and the latest Dennis-and-April-arrival arrives! I can remember the road accident, the fractured wrist and the subsequent birth. Prayers for the safe arrival in paradise and here on earth, of your beloved family, April. Bloody well done!

Amalee

Cara said...

Very very good news!

Tonya said...

YAY! What a relief!:)