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When will baby be allowed to feed at the breast and what can the mother expect?

Until sucking ability develops in the premature baby, he will be fed intravenously or by tube feedings. Once sucking develops, mother can offer the breast even while baby is being fed by tube. Research by Gene Cranston Anderson, PhD, shows that babies who are allowed to suck while being tube fed gain weight faster. Some medical personnel suggest bottle feeding when baby’s ability to suck develops, thinking that it will be easier for baby. In two separate studies by Paula Meier, DNSc, it has been shown that breastfeeding is easier and less stressful on baby. By avoiding the need to change from one method to the other, it also eliminates nipple confusion which can make it difficult for baby to latch on and nurse well.


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