I'm so exhausted I can't even think.
I'll try to make this all make sense.
Our pediatrician called back and her thoughts were as follows:
-doesn't think it's the reflux
-does think it's behaviorial- an oral aversion to the bottle
-suggested trying to start him on solids now. Make a thick paste
-suggested trying a sippy cup
-brought up putting a G tube back in
-promised we'll get through it.
She's always very positive, but I was still crying on the phone. He didn't take more than an ounce at any given time during the day. And that ounce was a fight.
I ended up getting him to gum at a Playtex Drop In bottle and pressed on the bag to squirt extra milk in his mouth.
There were a lot of tears today- both his and mine.
The OT called back this evening. Her thoughts were as follows:
-thinks solids is a bad idea
-he's obviously regressed but doesn't know why
-if we insist on trying the solids, thinks it should be runny
-thinks he'll hate the spoon
Tonight I went out and spent a small fortunate at Babies R Us buying every bottle I could find. I also got some rice cereal and some sippy cups.
I started the rice cereal very runny. He didn't seem to hate the spoon. Even swallowed a little. And smiled some. That was amazing since I'd been fighting for smiles all day.
He was still pretty fussy from hunger, so I thickened the cereal a bit and tried again. He did NOT appreciate that. He suddenly got hysterical.
I quickly made a bottle with a new bottle. I went with the Evenflow Comfi. The trouble was that they only had level 1 and level 3 nipples. He uses a level 2 Dr. Brown's when he'll eat.
So I tried the level 1. At first, he gummed.. and then he latched! And fell asleep almost immediately. He finally managed to very, very, very slowly suck down about 2 oz. I tried the level 3 nipple but it just ran out of his mouth. It's like a faucet.
It's hard to tell how much cereal he got because I started with an ounce of breastmilk and added cereal. Then more cereal, then a little more breastmilk, but I'd say he ate at least a half ounce of it. That's more volume than he'd had all day, so I was relieved.
He's still passed out cold in his swing.
The question now is if he ate from this bottle because he like the bottle or because he was falling asleep. He always eats better in his sleep. No fighting.
Time will tell.
Tomorrow I will call around and see if I can find some level 2 nipples and send David on the hunt. In the mean time, I'll pray he eats well through the night.
We have OT tomorrow. We'll see what she has to say.
Did I mention I'm tired?