Hooray for Heath, his mom, and inspiring tube weaning success!

Remember Zander? Well he's got company. (The tube-free ranks are growing.) Sadly, I kept putting off this post because the hugeness of the triumph deserves a truly well written, heartfelt description. Which takes time and energy that I've been lacking, though I've so wanted to muster it! But then I realized that I can't tell… Continue reading Hooray for Heath, his mom, and inspiring tube weaning success!

Meet fearless Frankie and her parents

Update: In March of 2010, her parents announced that Frankie discovered the joy of eating and left tube-feeding behind for good! I'd like to introduce you to Francesca and her devoted parents.  Their extremely touching and wonderfully written blog, Frankly Frankie, documents Francesca's struggles with eating. They need our morale support--right now. Adorable two-year-old Francesca,… Continue reading Meet fearless Frankie and her parents

Support and community for parents of tube-fed children

Trying to wean your child off of a tube? Bravo! You'll find comfort, resources, and encouragement in this online support group: Tube Fed Children Deserve to Eat It's a social network powered by Ning Grouply, with the purpose of "Connecting Parents of Children with Tube Feeding Issues."  There you will find a wealth of information… Continue reading Support and community for parents of tube-fed children

Behold: Tube weaning research and guidelines

When is the last time a research paper made you cry? Around the time of Stella's wean, and since then, I've come across information that moved me on many levels. I'd like to pass along these sought-after papers to as many parents (of children and babies with feeding aversions and NG tubes or g-tubes) as… Continue reading Behold: Tube weaning research and guidelines

Tube-free Stella: Day 2

Can't sleep so I thought I'd write a quick update. Weaning seems to be going well. Stella is happy and eating pretty often. As is expected over the course of her complete transition from the tube to the bottle, her volume will increase over time. I am struggling to let go of my obsession with counting every milliliter… Continue reading Tube-free Stella: Day 2

The stubborn determination of hope

Good news. Stella is back to taking in about half of her daily calories from the bottle, just as she did before the recent regression. However. My feeling is that the tube is preventing her from recovering completely. I believe that it exacerbates her reflux and makes swallowing more difficult. I found and paid for two medical… Continue reading The stubborn determination of hope