Breast-Feeding: Planning Ahead
When you breast - feed, you provide your baby with the best possible nutrition. The best way to stimulate milk production is to have your baby feed directly from your breast. If this isn't possible, your baby can drink expressed breast milk from a bottle. The first few weeks of breast - feeding can be challenging because of all the changes to your body and routine. Breast - feeding becomes easier
Necrotizing Enterocolitis - Health Tools
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Feeding Your Premature Infant - Topic Overview
If your premature infant was born before the gestational age of 32 to 34 weeks, he or she cannot feed by mouth. This is because of:Poor coordination (or lack) of sucking, swallowing, and gag reflex.Weakness of both the oral and stomach muscles.Small stomach capacity.Until your infant becomes stronger and more mature, tube feeding is used to feed milk, formula, or a combination of the two directly into the stomach. For the infant whose gastrointestinal tract cannot yet digest properly or is affected by necrotizing enterocolitis, intravenous (parenteral) feedings are given through a tube into the umbilical site (umbilical catheter) or into a vein.When your infant is mature enough to feed from a nipple, oral feedings are introduced. Over a period of days or weeks, you can gradually replace more tube or IV feedings with breast-feedings.Premature infants, including those born at 34 to almost 37 weeks, often have trouble with oral feedings and may need extra help.In some cases, doctors
Premature Infant - Taking Care of Yourselves
If your premature infant is moved to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), expect that you will become overwhelmed with new emotions and information. Don't be surprised if you and your partner handle this crisis differently, which may or may not create a strain on your relationship. Both of you, in different ways, may feel: Fearful and helpless.Grief. Separation from your infant at birth is a .
Premature Infant - The Premature Newborn
A premature infant's health at birth is influenced by numerous factors, including: Gestational age at birth.Weight at birth. Maternal illness and medical treatment during pregnancy, which can have an effect on the fetus.Congenital birth defects.Most infants born at 36 and 37 weeks' gestation are mature enough to be discharged from the hospital with the mother. Many premature infants, however, are
Premature Infant - Frequently Asked Questions
Premature birth can be a crisis for any family. It may heighten fears about your infant's health and long - term development. For some parents, these concerns are somewhat relieved when their preemie is healthy enough at birth to be sent home from the hospital with the mother. For others, the fear and worry continue when their tiny newborn is moved to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Whether
Premature Infant - Health Tools
Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. How can I make informed decisions about my extremely premature infant?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Managing postpartum depression ...
Premature Infant - The First Weeks at Home
As you and your infant adjust to being at home, you will gradually establish a routine together. You also may find that your premature infant is truly different from what you'd expect of a full - term infant. During the first weeks at home, consider these important points:Sleeping and wakefulness. Because their brain functions aren't as fully developed at birth as full - term newborns, premature .
Premature Infant - Looking Ahead to the Childhood Years
Your infant's "age"Age is both a measure of time and a marker of development. Unlike with a full - term infant, a premature infant's age and development can be defined in different ways. This can be confusing to any parent. When following your premature infant's growth and development, it can be helpful to know the difference between the following "ages": Gestational age is the fetus's age, as ...
Necrotizing Enterocolitis - Topic Overview
What is necrotizing enterocolitis? Necrotizing enterocolitis is infection and inflammation of the intestine. It is most common in babies who are born early (premature). Many newborns who have it go on to live healthy lives. But if the infection becomes severe,it can cause severe damage to the intestine,which can be deadly. Some children may have ongoing problems with digestion,growth,or ...