Thank you. This post really touches my heart today. I love to read how God works through you all there. Blessings to you all.....
#1 Steph on 2010-07-20 18:54
What a beautiful mama with an equally beautiful baby. How fortuitous that Mercy Ship was nearby and could squeeze him in. Yet another life made whole and hopeful.
#2 janfrn on 2010-07-20 20:37
And Precious.
#3 Melissa (Homepage) on 2010-07-20 23:16
Beautiful :-) What a blessing to be able to give this little one a new life!
#4 Vanessa (Homepage) on 2010-07-20 23:52
So wonderful that you could help him!

I have a question (while I have you on the line--ha ha): When you say you hooked up a pump to send milk through the tube into his stomach, how fast does it pump? I use a syringe and feeding tube for some of our babies but I don't know how fast to deliver the milk. Can you help?
#5 Amy (Homepage) on 2010-07-21 03:49
We use the syringe pumps that are meant for IV medications to give feeds sometimes, just while we're not sure how well the babe is going to tolerate it. We can set them to any rate. General rule of thumb around here is that, if you're giving a new formula or have never fed a baby through an NG before, we usually set the pump to run in the feed over half an hour. So in that photo, he was getting 30ml and the pump was set for 60ml/hr, which gave it to him in 1/2hr.

If you're not sure your babes will tolerate formula or don't want to give it too fast, one way of doing it is to pull out the stopper in the syringe, attach the now-empty syringe to the tube and then pour in the formula. However high you hold the syringe determines how fast the feed will go in, and if you hold it fairly low (close to "nose level") it'll stop running in if their belly is full. You can lower it to slow the feed if they're crying, too. It's also a great way to get out nasty gas bubbles; just attach the empty syringe, hold it up and give a little push on the belly. That way any extra tummy contents flow into the syringe, not all over you!

Too much information? =)
#5.1 Ali C. (Homepage) on 2010-07-21 08:40
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