(This post is going to be tedious; I should add that it’s mostly for me, but I hope it helps illustrate my mention of “complicated dietary considerations” in my “About” entry.)
When my daughter was discharged from the hospital, she was being treated for three things: low birth-weight, hyperbilirubinemia, and acid reflux. She ate every three hours, so there were eight feedings a day. Twice a day we mixed a prescription form of vitamin A into her bottles–it turned the milk bright orange and was a bugger of a stain to remove when it came back up. Every five hours (or every other feeding), we mixed a few drops of a compounded medication (Actigall) into about 10 ml of a formula concoction and administered the solution at the beginning of each feeding to ensure that she had finished all of the medicine–in other words, two teeny tiny bottles at every other feeding.
Okay, so here’s where it gets crazy: Continue reading