the torch Summer 2015, Issue 2 - Page 13

FEATURE “We’re the first institution in the world to be able to publish information on breastfeeding evaluation with these babies who show problems with bottle feeding,” – Chrysty Sturdivant Sharon Alsobrook and her newborn son, Theodore “Teddy,” participated in the study. An X-ray revealed that Teddy was aspirating while bottle-feeding. A neonatologist recommended the FEES study when breastfeeding could be attempted again. “Teddy latched on and started breastfeeding, and then they put the scope up his nose and fed it down to the top of the throat while he was swallowing,” Sharon said. “He wasn’t feeding perfectly normal during breastfeeding, but we found a position where he was able to do it safely. The FEES study was the only reason I was able to breastfeed at all,” Sharon said. This is exactly the type of outcome that Chrysty, Sandra and Jenny were hoping for. “We’re the first institution in the world to be able to publish information on breastfeeding evaluation with these babies who show problems with bottle feeding,” Chrysty said. Since the study began, about 75 babies have been evaluated. Chrysty, Sandra and Jenny have also presented their findings at several conferences nationwide and are helping other hospitals launch FEES programs. Sharon Alsobrook with her son, Teddy, a FEES study participant For more information on how you can support women’s and children’s initiatives, contact Melissa Dalton at 214.820.2705 or Melissa. Dalton@BaylorHealth.edu. 13