i'm Tim Johannes. I was born on 19th of February 2009 at 2:57 pm in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. My weight has been 3,05 kg and my height has been 50 cm. My head circumference was 34 cm.
My Apgar Score one minute after birth has been 9, five minutes later it has risen to the highest score, 10.
The nurses told my parents that i'm one of the special newborns because i have nine fingers. This means i would have one of the rare EEC-Syndromes (my parents will always explain the bold written scientific-sounding words in the next post!).
At 4:30 pm i was brought to my parents because my mum is an exclusively breast feeding mother. I felt sleepy after the delivery and my eyes were most of the times closed but i heard many different voices in the room. It seemed like the nurses wanted to tell my mother something about how to breastfeed me.
I just lay on the warm and soft breast of my mum in this time and enjoyed this feeling for almost 30 minutes. In this time they tried to open my mouth so that i could latch on mummy's nipple. In the beginning i didn't know what this was all about and so it didn't interested me much.
After some minutes i opened my mouth and tasted for the first time a small amount of breast milk from mummy's nipple.
I think my mum wanted to feed me again on the other breast as she changed my position on the breast but at this time i slept already again like you can see on the picture below :-)
The next feeding time was around 7 pm and this time i got much more milk than before. This tasted very good. I like the smell of my mummy and her breast milk. I have to try to remember the taste and the smell of both!
The third feeding has been around 9 pm. This time it was earlier because the nurses heard me crying and they took me to my parents room in the hospital. But after tasting again a small amount of breast milk and with some difficulties in latching-on, i started to fall asleep after some minutes. I guess my mum tried several times to open my mouth, so that she could put her nipple in it but i was too tired form the delivery and sucking can get exhausting, too.
Around 9:30 pm i choked the breast milk which means i couldn't keep it in my stomach or it went into the airway system and the pediatrician had to pump and clean the inside of my throat. In the end they had to support me with oxygen because i could only hardly breath after this kind of choking!
The pediatrician told my parents that they have to send me to another hospital with better equipment in case i wouldn't stabilize my breathing in the next hours and as he checked me completely he wasn't sure if there are also "abnormalities" inside of my body (with my organs) which could have caused this type of choking. Otherwise he guessed it would be a feeding intolerance.
In the next posts my parents will explain the words
- Apgar score
- advantages of exclusively breastfeeding and the importance of early breastfeeding
- how to breastfeed
- feeding intolerance
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