When my 4th child was born 7 weeks too early, and admitted to the NICU, I thought I'd be able to handle it
It's not my first child, plus I'm a doctor myself . It should be easy peasy.
Breastfeeding should come naturally, plus he'd only be in NICU for a few days .
I thought it'll be ok
I was wrong
I didn't know I couldn't room in with him immediately , so I had to leave him as I left the maternity ward.
I didn't know I wouldn't be producing milk straight away like I was with my term babies
I didn't know he wouldn't be able to suckle till he was 35 weeks corrected age
I didn't know he was so fragile he got an infection that required him to stay in the NICU for almost 2 weeks
I was feeling sad, and helpless , and hopeless
And the NURSES in the NICU were my heroes.
When I came to visit, they got me a chair
When I cried, the let me because they understood how I felt
When I was frustrated as I can't breastfeed my baby, they encouraged me and said "even a drop of milk is precious. Well done, ma'am "
When I struggled to get my baby to latch, they helped me put a pillow under my baby
And when I couldn't bear leaving him in NICU anymore, they worked tirelessly to get me a bed to room in
Jazakumullahu khairan kathira all the nurses of NICU Hosp Selayang.
You are the true heroes...
I am forever indebted to you ...
So this story is for you