2c. When the baby can be taken home
The Importance of Breastfeeding for a Preterm Baby :
Myths about Preterm Babies and Breastfeeding :
2b. When mother and baby can occasionally or regularly be united at the medical facility
FAQ : My baby was born prematurely and was tube fed, how can I bring her to breasts?
Preterm is defined as babies born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. Breastfeeding a baby who is born preterm can be challenging and difficult, but is attainable. We will focus on two parts of it.
1. Before Birthing a preterm baby :
When a mother knows that she is going to birth a preterm baby, she can prepare beforehand. Antenatal expression of colostrum is a popular and useful method that is used in such cases. In this method, the mother can express colostrum and store it while pregnant under her medical caregiver’s guidance and advice. It is important to seek medical guidance as hand expressing colostrum during pregnancy can potentially bring early labour.
2. Upon Birthing a preterm Baay
Babies born before completing full term in the womb need extra care and are usually shifted to NICUs immediately after birth. The mother and the baby are often separated. Thus, it is important to express and send mother’s milk for the baby.
2a. When mother and baby are separated
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