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Breastfeeding a Premature Baby

Breastfeeding, although it may be more challenging with a preemie, is one great thing you can do to help your little guy or gal get off to the best start.  Breastfeeding provides the perfect nutrition for a premature infant because your breast milk automatically adapts to your baby’s needs; something formula just can’t do.  This is so important for a premature baby because » Read more

Breastfeeding and Preemies – What Mothers Should Know

By Irene Zoppi, registered Lactation Consultant and Clinical Education Specialist with Medela

While it is well documented that breastfeeding is the healthiest option for babies, the benefits ring true in an especially critical way for premature infants. » Read more

Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) and Preemies

Necrotizing enterorcolitis is a gastrointestinal illness that mostly affects premature babies.  Enterocolitis refers to the small and large intestines and necrotizing means tissue death.  Because NEC results in the death of gastrointestinal tissue, it is a very serious concern for a premature baby.  It is more common in preemies that weigh 3 lbs 5 oz (1,500 grams) or less, but it
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Surviving the NICU

No one ever dreams about giving birth to a child who needs to spend time in the NICU. Unfortunately, it can and does happen. This article is for moms and family members to help survive the roller coaster of emotions involved with a child staying in a NICU.
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Apnea and Bradycardia in Preemies

When a baby is born premature, her lungs and the part of her brain that controls breathing are not fully mature.  A preemie cannot control breathing like a full term baby can.  Instead of having a regular constant breathing pattern, preemies tend to take big breaths of air followed by shallow breathing or pauses in breathing.  A preemie may be diagnosed with » Read more