After the extubation, the next goal is to teach Douglas how to eat. Jenny’s very eager to start feeding him directly, but we instead have to take baby steps.
He’s been getting Jenny’s milk through a feeding tube for a few days, but nothing by mouth until today. First, I fed him a bit of Pedialyte from a bottle, but it took a while. A few hours later, Jenny fed him some fresh breast milk from a bottle, but it took a while again. When we left him this evening, he was just sucking away on a pacifier, so we are hoping that he’ll be feeding from a bottle easily by the time he gets moved out of the ICU tomorrow.
Then, it won’t be long before Jenny will be able to feed him well any time he needs it.