Friday, March 9, 2012
The first time I was feeding Brynne was within 12 hours of her being born. The nurse came in while I was holding Brynne and told us we needed to feed them. She gave me a four pack of formula, instructed me on which nipple I should use, and then directed me to give her two.
I looked at the four ounce bottle, thought it seemed like a lot of food for a newborn, but started the feeding process.
I can't possibly tell you everything that was going through my mind, but I was a little overwhelmed. It was such a blessing to be able to feed my daughter.
Brynne took down the first bottle eagerly. I removed the nipple, put it on the second bottle, shook it well, and resumed the bonding/feeding.
She got through about three ounces and then stopped. I tried to encourage her to eat more, but she was not having it.
Since I'd never read anything about feeding, and had no clue what I was supposed to do, I decided to do the only thing I had ever seen on TV or in the movies - I burped her.
As I held her to my shoulder and patted her back, she unleashed a glorious burp. I thought I was done and felt pleased I could help. I held her up to look at her...
then she threw up.
Not a little. This was a large vomit. Fortunately, I had a blanket on me which caught everything.
The nurse came back in as I was cleaning up and seemed surprised at the amount of vomit she produced.
The nurse asked how much I gave her. I sheepishly admitted she hadn't finished the two bottles. I asked if I should try again or wait. I failed in my first fatherly duty.
The nurse looked a little shocked.
I didn't understand why she looked so appalled.
As she went on to explain, I was supposed to give her two OUNCES of formula, not two BOTTLES.
I wanted to smack the nurse. Instead of doing that, I merely asked her to be a little more specific in the future when giving instructions to me or any other new parent.
I don't think I can take all the blame for this failure. Actually, I think I can take very little responsibility for this, but since I failed to ask a question, I suppose some of it falls to me.