Owen and Elie get their breast milk through a feeding tube - the food goes down the tube and dumps into their stomachs. Seems like the epitome of laziness, but the real reason the tube is used is because the coordination to suck, swallow and breathe at the same time doesn't set in until about 36 weeks gestation. The twins are now 34.
They decided to try Owen at the bottle, but the nurse told me not to get too excited about his first feeding. Most preemies have a lot of trouble with sucking on a bottle nipple - especially the first time. It usually takes them many tries before they can get into a good routine. But Owen isn't like other preemies. He's an overachiever, just like his daddy. I knew he could do it.
They gave the little guy his very first bottle on Monday morning, and he was able to take half of it. He had a minor setback on Tuesday (mommy won't count that one), and then got right back in the game by taking 30 of his 34 cc's of food yesterday. Everyone was so impressed (and surprised!) with his coordination. Man does that kid suck. I mean, he rocks.