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More learnings after Oscar’s operation

Oscar close up

Oscar’s recovery has been remarkable but he has struggled to drink from a bottle during this time. The specialist nurse had warned me that it might be two weeks for feeding to get back to normal but it has still made me feel stressed that he might not be getting enough hydration. Below are some ways I dealt with the situation

  • Add formula/breastmilk to meals wherever you can – I added it to everything I could
  • Thicken some breastmilk/formula and offer it on a spoon – I mixed in banana porridge and offered in addition to all meals
  • Offer yoghurts as desserts or as snacks to ensure your baby still has some dairy
  • Little and often – Offer yoghurts or thickened milk between meals
  • Watch out for wet nappies – these are a sign of hydration status. Your little one should have roughly 6 wet nappies a day
  • Contact your specialist nurse if you have any concerns – Even as a dietitian I wanted to check I was during the right thing. Don’t feel you cant’t call, that is what they are there for.
  • Keep trying with the bottle but don’t force it
Last night Oscar finally accepted his bottle. I felt quite tearful I was so relieved. And he even made some sucking noises (something he could never do before the operation)! It’s funny that accepting the bottle has been such a milestone for us but I guess it accompanies a sense of things returning to normal. We are so grateful to modern medicine and that we have been able to have this operation in the first place.

TOP TIP: Keep an eye on the number of wet nappies if you are worried about your little one’s milk intake