Kaytea - posted on 07/12/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )




So I was reading this website and it said,

"The AAP recommend using a premature discharge formula for premature babies to 9 months of age. Using these formulas in premature babies can result in greater length and weight gain compared to the use of standard formulas. Premature discharge formulas are more appropriate for premature babies as they provide more calories, higher levels of protein, vitamins and minerals."

Is it true that I should feed her premature till she is 9 months old? Did anyone else notice a difference?


Dawn - posted on 07/26/2009




I think your doctor could tell you when it is best to stop the 22 cal formula. My daughter couldn't take the preemie formula so we just mix up hers for 22 cals.


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Iysha - posted on 07/29/2009




I was wondering the same thing.... when Kylie was discharged from the NICU the nursed sent me home with Similac NeoSure formula and Kylie was prescribed a whole case. The label says the same thing. I was just going to use it until it was all gone then use some that I got from friends. I'm not really sure it would make too much of a difference.

Heather - posted on 07/28/2009




We gave our twins the double calorie formulas for about a month, once they started gaining weight regularly and were on the normal range on the growth chart we stopped.

User - posted on 07/22/2009




I just had this conversation with my doctor. My son is a post-31 weeker and recently came home. In the NICU he was on fortified breast milk. When he came home to regular breast milk he gained no weight so we introduced a mixture of preemie formula (but just similac neosure which can be found in most stores). He is now gaining weight at what they had hoped for. I asked how long -- and the doctor said at least 6 months.

Robin - posted on 07/22/2009




My doctor said to keep my son (who was born 6 weeks early) on the premiee formula from 4-6 months. However, we had alort of issues with fussiness and gas, so at 3 months we switch to Good Start Gentle formula and that made such a difference. Beacuse my son was fine with eating and gaining weight - my doctor siad it was fine. I think it all depends upon how well the baby does with feedings and with weight gain.

Sarah - posted on 07/18/2009




My daughter was born at 25 weeks weighing 1lb 10oz and when she came home she was on a high calorie preemie formula called neosure. It's made by similac.

Angela - posted on 07/16/2009




My son is on the prescription formula and he is supposed to stay on it until he is 1 year 3 months. Even though he is still only on the tenth percentile for his weight. We go to see his dietician on wednesday and ill see what she says. He is also on the vit and iron supplement that get added to formula, he has 11 prescriptions left and I am going to keep giving it to him.

User - posted on 07/16/2009




My son takes all of the above. My ped said he only needed to be on the premie formula until one mo after his due date. He is still on it but I don't give him the dose that make it high in cals. I also mix it with my milk so that he is getting the best of both. He is also taking the viti and iron in his bottles and will do so as long as they tell me too. At the end of the day breast is best, but you need to do what works best for your child.

Carie - posted on 07/16/2009




My little one was a 26 weeker and now at 16 months she is just starting to get off the premee formula and is switching to high cal. milk called pediasure. It all depednds on the need of the baby. The only one who can make that call would be the doc.

Julie - posted on 07/16/2009




i don't know the answers, but i asked the same question to the SCBU staff. i was told that - for my baby - i could give him the regular formula from the supermarkets and that i didn't need to get special premmie formula. every baby is presenting differently. different staff say different things. my sister-in-law and myself both have prem babies and we both noticed how they both filled out and gained weight quicker on formula. indeed most of the mum's of babies in the SCBU along side my baby were choosing to bottle-feed formula for 2 reasons - [1] they gained weight quicker, and [2] they could 'master' these skills quicker than breastfeeding. both reasons meaning that they could take their baby home quicker.

also, i have a similar question regarding vitimin syrup stuff (Dalivit) and a liquid Iron supplement he's been prescribed. the medics want him to take them both for 6months. surely this goes against the idea that breast is best and perfect balance for your baby?!?

has anyone else been given vits and iron supplements? are you still giving them? how long are you 'meant' to give them for? are you planning to do this? why? etc. thanks!

Leanne - posted on 07/13/2009




yes i have my friends lo was born 2 weeks after my lo and they both were born at 25 weeks

my lo was breast feed for first 14 weeks then but on prem milk yet my friends lo is still being breast feed and she is less than half the weight and size of my lo

Liz - posted on 07/12/2009




My twins were born six weeks early. My son was able to take normal formula but my daughter had to take the higher calorie formula. Our pediatrician said that once she hit five pounds she didn't need to take it anymore. It's up to your pediatrician.

Amy - posted on 07/12/2009




My preemie could not take the higher calorie "preemie" formula. Her pediatrician does want her to have a high calorie formula so she told me how to mix regular formula. I guess it depends on the baby. I would ask her doctor.

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