breastfeed my premature baby?
A premature baby is one who is born at less than 37
weeks gestation, or at least three weeks before due date.
This can be a very tiny, fragile baby who was born months
too early or a hearty, healthy baby born only a few weeks
too soon. The earlier a premature baby is born, the greater
is the likelihood of health problems due to his immature
system. The most common problems in prematurity which almost
always necessitate a hospital stay are with temperature
regulation, respiration and infection.
With the medical intervention necessary to help baby with
his problem, it is natural for the mother to feel a loss of
control and helplessness. Deciding to breastfeed makes it
possible for mother to play an active role in caring for her
baby. It is a gift only she can provide.
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