Brilliant Breast Feeding Mama Saves Baby
Submitted by Stephanie on Tue, 08/31/2010 - 22:24.
I posted this on Facebook and Twitter already but I wanted to talk about it on our website again. We had a similar experience with Amelia. As she is a twin, I felt it was poignant. She was born second, a minute after Wyatt and she was having respitory trouble. I got to give her a quick kiss while she was still gooey and then got to see her once again bundled up before they wisked her away to the warmers and the nursery.
When she was trying to breathe she was having to work so hard that her tummy was pushing up in a weird way. It was the red flag that was freaking out all the nurses. All I kept asking was if I could hold her and if I could have her skin to skin. The nurses all thought it was too risky. She stayed in the nursery for 5 hours and was doing alright.
Finally the Lactaction Consultant convinced them to let Amelia come see us in the room. I asked the nurse again about doing skin to skin and she said it was too soon. As soon as the nurse left, the LC stripped Amelia & down slapped her on my chest (I was already mostly stripped down to my tummy since I had been nursing Wyatt for the rest of the time) and covered us up to keep her as warm as possible. They were only going to let Amelia stay with me for 30-45 minutes and I wasn't supposed to nurse her.
5 minutes after being close to my chest her breathing became more normal. About 20 minutes later the nurse came back to check on her and she gave me the green light to breast feed her.
Just think how much better she could have been if they had just let her be with me sooner! Mama's skin, heart beat, & milk are what is best for baby as soon as they are out! Don't let anyone convince you otherwise.