She *CAN* eat by mouth. She can open her lips, she can chew, and she swallows normally. But she will not do it. She is so orally aversive that we are considered feeding therapy drop-outs. She simply can not be fed by mouth. Reflux is a HORRID thing!
Due to her metabolic disorder, she cannot go more than 3-4 hours without fluids. During the morning and day time she gets Pedialyte every 3 hours. Then she is hooked up to her feeding pump (Zevex Infinity for those in the know) from 3:30pm-7:00am. It is such an inconvenience. The reason she is hooked up for SO long is that she has never tolerated more than 50 cc's an hour. That is sloooooow for pump feeding. To give you an idea of how much it is, 60 cc's is 2 ounces. She tolerates less than 2 ounces an hour, by a slow drip. When she wakes up in the morning, she always chokes and gags and retches until she throws up. Then she always throws up her morning Pedialyte.
The GI had this thought that perhaps it was the Beneprotein that was making her throw up. He said that many patients don't tolerate it. My Peanut has always been a retchy girl, but this is worse than ever before. Her formula is a mixture of Neocate Infant, Beneprotein, and Polycose. So we are doing a trial right now. We are ONLY giving her Neocate Infant. She stopped throwing up! We tried it for 5 days, with NO throwing up. She still retches and gags, but no actual vomit. So I added back in the Beneprotein to see what would happen .. and the next morning, she threw up. I took it back out, no more vomit.
AH HA! An answer perhaps! Even better, is that on just Neocate Infant I have been able to get her feedings up to 65 cc's an hour so far. For every cc that I can increase her, it lowers the time she has to be hooked up. It is much easier in the afternoon when she's awake to NOT have her connected.
So that's where we are. I don't think she can stay on just Neocate Infant forever, because we have to lower the volume of formula per water due to her metabolic disorder. She is not getting the full fat of the formula, so we need to add in supplements. I am waiting to hear from the metabolic dietician to see what to do next. In the meantime, we haven't had puke in almost two weeks!!