Saturday, June 27, 2009

Prayers Needed For Jimmie

Jimmie needs prayers. Starting Thursday he stopped breast feeding well. He will suck for a few minutes and then pull off and fuss and squirm. He never settles down and really eats well. Rachael is starting to really worry this morning as it is now the 3rd day this has been happening. She has tried different positions, nipple shield, no nipple shield. Justin has given him a couple of bottles which he has taken better than the breast. At least that's an option, but this is just not like Jimmie at all!

The first thing that comes to mind is obviously that maybe her milk tastes weird because of the mastitis and the antibiotics that she's on. But the bottles Justin gave him were from breast milk Rachael had just pumped. Although they did add a probiotic to it. Anyway this is concerning because Jimmie's biggest problem from his prematurity right now is his low weight and small size. He really needs to be eating well.

Rachael did weigh him yesterday like she always does on Fridays. He weighed in at 7 pounds 1 ounce. Again right at about the lowest gain that the Doctors are comfortable with. It works out to be about 18 grams a day.

Rachael is going to call the pediatrician today to ask if they have any suggestions or opinions. If any of you have any wisdom please feel free to comment!

Lord- please help little Jimmie to nurse well and help his body to thrive on Rachael's milk.

Thank you for your prayers!!!



  1. It does sound as though Jimmie does not like the taste. I remember that with my kids too, sometimes for reasons not apparent to me. I encourage Rachael not to give up on breast feeding but continue to supplement with bottles. I also pray for Jimmie to begin eating well again!

  2. How much longer until the antibiotics are finished? My first thought would definitely be to blame them for the problem.

    He hasn't given any indication that his ears are bothering him, has he? Sometimes the sucking can hurt irritated ears, and sucking from a bottle is easier.

    A lactation consultant might have some good suggestions. We're praying!!

    Lots of love,
    Adrian and Janelle

  3. Hey, seven pounds, that's great! Prayers are coming your way Jimmie, (you too, Rachael!).

  4. I have untill Wednesday for the antibiotics. He has eaten better the last two feeds. Thank you for the prayers. I have to not stress out about every little thing. My mind goes to the worst case every time. Thank you guys for your support.
    Love, Rachael

  5. Just a thought but babies sense everything. I'm wondering if maybe he senses that she's in pain and tense and that makes him tense resulting in him not wanting to be in that situation. Maybe that's why he's taking the bottle's a more relaxed situation. I could be wrong but just a thought.