This is Kristy Sevy, you spoke with my mom Janet Muir at the OR show. Â You kindly gave my mom two Joovy Boob bottles for my youngest daughter Josie, who has had some health problems. Â First, thank you so much!!! Â I don’t believe in coincidence, and I have to tell you that those bottles have been life changing! Â 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. Â Josie had lost three pounds, with the primary problem being liquid intake. Â 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. Â The Boob bottle is THE FIRST nipple Josie has consistently sucked and swallowed with. Â 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. Â I felt so defeated: week after week there was no big improvement. Â About two weeks ago Josie’s doctors and I (hesitantly) decided to pull the NG tube out for a trial period. Â She had been eating a decent amount of pureed food, and we hoped her liquid intake would gradually improve. Â 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. Â She likes the 0-3month slow flow nipple, as she has better control. Â She will actually drink 2oz at a time, which has not happened since November 2012. Â I was told that Josie was unlikely to suck on a nipple again, as most babies lose their nutritive sucking reflex around 6 months. Â I guess I feel like this is all sort of a miracle. Â Thank you, thank you, thank you!
As of today there are two major milestones I wanted to share with you: 1. Â 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!!! Â 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. Â Both my husband and I were amazed. Â I can’t thank you enough.