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Can I Still Breastfeed if My Baby is Premature?

Can I Still Breastfeed if My Baby is Premature?

by: Dr. Bharti Minocha
Consultant, Gynecology

Breast milk is best for your baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness. Stomach viruses, lower respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and meningitis occur less often in breastfed babies. Exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months offers the best protection.

How do breastfeed your preterm baby?

On the off chance that your child was conceived before 34 weeks, she may not be alright or sufficiently strong to breastfeed. She will, in any case, require breast milk, however, regardless of whether she can’t take it from your breast. Rather, you can express the milk she needs. Expressing has the additional advantage of getting your milk supply going. Your infant might have the capacity to have breast milk through a tube into her tummy or by syringing a couple of drops on to her lips. If she is strong enough she may be fed by the cup. Breast milk is easier for your baby to digest than formula milk. Breast milk can likewise shield your infant from infection, particularly gut and lung diseases, which can be severe for premature babies. Exclusive breast milk for at least the first 14 days to 28 days is best for premature babies and babies with a very low birth weight. Children who get breast milk alone have a tendency to go home prior to the neonatal unit, contrasted and the individuals who have had formula milk.

Continue other efforts along with Breastfeeding:

Once your child is sufficiently strong to feed at your breast, you and she will appreciate the closeness it brings. The skin-to-skin contact your child has when suckling causes you and your infant to fabricate a profound connection. Breastfeeding is beneficial for you, as well. It encourages a few mums to get in shape after the birth and create a feel-great hormone that helps them to feel calm. Breast milk additionally advances your infant’s mental health. The benefits carry on after you’ve stopped breastfeeding and into your child’s early years and later childhood. There are long-term medical advantages for you, as well.

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