TC 023 Gabriella: The birth and breastfeeding of a premature baby

Mariana Ruiz was literally upside down at 10 cm for 10 hours waiting to give her premature baby another steroid shot to mature her young lungs. Waiting to be allowed to push, toggling between guilt for her need to push and guilt for not following those very urges.

At only 28 weeks gestation, Gabriella was born weighing 2 lbs and was whisked away from her mother. She underwent heart surgery at 2 weeks old and after a 68 day stay at the hospital, was taken home, a breastfeeding preemie champ – albeit with preemie issues making work out of the home impossible for her mommy.

This is one powerful birth story!

Mariana Ruiz is a mom to two children, 21 months and a preemie who is now 4 months old (was only 2 lbs when she was born). She is a business coach who helps moms who want to work from home to balance their life. She is one busy mommy!

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:
  • You can exclusively breastfeed your preemie (…and tandem the older sibling!)
  • Patience and persistence in pumping!
  • Patience and persistence in breastfeeding!
  • How to support yourself to get your milk supply up
  • The importance of taking care of yourself as the mom of a preemie and what that can look like for you
  • What can it look like when your preemie comes home

At only 28 weeks gestation, Gabriella was born weighing 2 lbs and was whisked away from her mother. She underwent heart surgery at 2 weeks old and after a 68 day stay at the hospital, was taken home, a breastfeeding preemie champ – albeit with preemie issues making work out of the home impossible for her mommy.

In the comments:

Share your preemie experience in the comments.

 

Gabriella was born premature at 28 weeks gestation.

Gabriella-was-born-premature-at-28-weeks-gestation

Resources From This Episode:

Gabriella at 4 months of age.

Garbriella 4 months old exclusively breastfed

Mariana’s pumping journal.  Perseverance!

Garbriella 4 months old exclusively breastfed
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