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Found a really great article on breastfeeding a preemie

I thought the info was really good. I wish I had have known about this when I was breastfeeding my ds Brandon. I pumped with him but did not hand express. ...


Our preemie story... hope this can help others.

Hello! I am a new mommy to a beautiful preemie girl. She was born at 29 weeks, weighing 1 lb., 14 oz. If you are a preemie mom, or know someone who has a preemie... please visit my new blog! I hope reading this can help someone who is going through the same thing that I went through. Please visit: thumba-lea.blogspot. com...


My supply is decreasing need advice.

I had my 25 week micropreemie in August 2012. I pumped the entire time she was in the NICU, from August until December 5th 2012. My milk supply was great while she was in the NICU. Then I get her home a couple weeks ago and begin to breast feed and bottle feed expressed milk. Now when I go to pump my milk supply is half of what it used to be. I have nearly switched her over to full breast feeds. I am worried though that my supply is going to run out. She is showing all signs of being fed enough,...

FTT and Weight Gain Issues

Newly diagnosed FTT

Hi, just joined today and wanted to post an intro and also a request for information/input from others who have been in my shoes. My daughter who is 8 years old has just been "diagnosed" as a failure to thrive child. That in and of itself is not a surprise to me. She was a 31 week preemie and weighed only 3pounds 7.3 ounces when born. Other than her weight though there has been no major issues due to her prematurity. Until now. She is 3 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 34 pounds. I've k...


Size isn't everything!

At my 30 week checkup, my fundal height showed me 2 weeks behind. I was sent for an ultrasound which showed baby wasn't growing much. Over the course of the next 4 weeks I was taken off work, underwent 3x weekly NSTs and ultrasounds and all confirmed that while baby was doing okay, he just wasn't growing anymore. At 34 weeks I was seen by a maternal-fetal specialist who immediately sent me to the hospital. At the hospital I was hooked up to a fetal monitor 24 hours a day. Every day I had an u...

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Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) and Preemies

By JustMommies staff

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.
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Breastfeeding a Premature Baby

By JustMommies staff

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
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Apnea and Bradycardia in Preemies

By JustMommies staff

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
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Surviving the NICU

By JustMommies staff

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. NICU or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a unit
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