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Can I 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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