“I also wanted to send you my thanks…. You may recall I was one of the pregnant ladies at the last meeting. My baby was breech, but we were still hopefully he would turn in time for a natural birth. following every trick in the book, including 2 ECVs, he didn’t turn and was born by c section on Monday 2nd June. A beautiful baby – Sebastian Aidan Graves – 6lbs 3oz. After a few hours he had his first feed and latched on exceptionally well. However after feeding for 6 minutes he turned blue, and we realised something serious was wrong.
It turned out he had a condition whereby his oesophagus had not attached to his stomach, and his stomach had instead attached to his trachea. He was taken to a surgical unit in Brighton on Monday night and on Tuesday underwent a 4 hour procedure to correct the problem. He was ventilated and sedated following a successful operation, and last night woke up and is now doing everything by himself.
He has been receiving basic nutrition via an IV, but today will start to receive my milk via a tube through his nose. I know he is ready for this, as this morning has been In his incubator rooting , rolling his eyes, yawning and sticking his tongue out. He is starving!
The reason I need to thank you is that because of your amazing advice, I already had 30 mls of brand new colostrum ready before he was even born. This also made it easier to express after he was born… It was tough as I was under extreme stress and separated from him, but I did all the things you suggested like relaxing, listening to music, looking at pictures of him etc. my milk is ready to come in now, and we have over 1 litre of colostrum / early milk frozen for him to fatten up on in the meantime.
I am so grateful to you for the help – I feel like a guardian angel sent me to you!
I am sure we are going to need support over the coming weeks, as we definitely need to make up for lost time. In the meantime I have asked the hospital to practice NNS on him so that he will associate sucking with feeding, and we can get the best possible start when he can go back on the breast. Thank you again for everything.” Dee