Breastfeeding a preemie

Kristi - posted on 02/16/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Do you have a success story about breastfeeding a preemie? My son is 8 weeks old now, born at 32 weeks weighing 3lbs 6oz. We're having some troubles. Currently I am breastfeeding, pumping and topping him up with my milk from a bottle. I have 3 other children who I've successfully BF for over 1 year each. I'm looking for inspiration to continue this exhausting routine.

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Clare - posted on 02/16/2009

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well done and keep going i know many others who been through it and it is worth it especially for a premie world health say to feed for two years but go by the adjusted age for this little one



also breastfeeding really helps a premie catch up and stay healthy more so than a term baby



good luck



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Marcela - posted on 02/16/2009

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Hi! I am breastfeeding my twin babies, and they were both preemies, born at 34.5 weeks. We had to overcome a week at the NICU, a very unsupportive staff at the hospital, low milk supply and 3 plugged ducts...and in spite of all those problems I would still do it all over again! My babies are almost 6 months and breastfeeding is now a breeze! Hang in there, it will get better very soon!

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