This is Kristy Sevy, you spoke with my mom Janet Muir at the OR show. You kindly gave my mom two Joovy Boob bottles for my youngest daughter Josie, who has had some health problems. First, thank you so much!!! I don’t believe in coincidence, and I have to tell you that those bottles have been life changing! I know that sounds cliche, but after all we have been through I am entirely serious.
When my mom met you Josie’s NG tube had been out for ten days. Josie had lost three pounds, with the primary problem being liquid intake. Unless she began drinking (whether out of a bottle, cup, or one of the special drinking tools I have purchased) the tube was going to be put back in. The Boob bottle is THE FIRST nipple Josie has consistently sucked and swallowed with. Josie has tried to drink from a cup, but most of the liquid would end up spilling.
Since December 2012 I have taken Josie to a speech therapist, in hopes that she would quickly re-learn how to suck/drink/eat. I felt so defeated: week after week there was no big improvement. About two weeks ago Josie’s doctors and I (hesitantly) decided to pull the NG tube out for a trial period. She had been eating a decent amount of pureed food, and we hoped her liquid intake would gradually improve. However, liquid intake did not improve and Josie was on this scary line of almost being dehydrated, that is until the 10th day when I tried the Boob bottle.
Watching Josie repeatedly suck and swallow has been amazing and exciting! Every day since, Josie has improved. She likes the 0-3month slow flow nipple, as she has better control. She will actually drink 2oz at a time, which has not happened since November 2012. I was told that Josie was unlikely to suck on a nipple again, as most babies lose their nutritive sucking reflex around 6 months. I guess I feel like this is all sort of a miracle. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
As of today there are two major milestones I wanted to share with you: 1. Josie has gained back the three pounds lost and is definitely getting enough fluid through the Boob bottle; 2. Josie sucked out of a straw for the first time today!!! I have worked with a speech therapist for months, purchased special feeding/drinking tools, and Josie never once sucked out of a straw or a nipple. Both my husband and I were amazed. I can’t thank you enough.