The March Of Dimes Urges Moms Of Premature Babies To Provide Them With Breast Milk.

The March of Dimes urges moms of premature babies to provide them with breast milk.
Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year, whether you did it quietly at home or out on the town. For many, a new year means a new start. I intend to make the most of 2011 and am excited! Yesterday, a post on the March of Dimes site reminded moms of premature babies that if it's possible, provide your baby with breast milk, even if he can't breastfeed right away because he's not strong or mature enough to "grasp the suck, swallow, breathe process."
A recent study found that very premature babies who received breastmilk soon after birth had higher mental development scores at 30 months and were less likely to be rehospitalized than premature babies who did not receive breastmilk. Breastmilk, however, may need to be supplemented to meet the nutritional needs of small premature babies.
(Unfortunately, the post didn't cite the study so I'm unable to share any additional details. However, I'll keep looking for it and update if I come across it.) The March of Dimes suggests using a breast pump to express breast milk so that your baby can drink it through a dropper or tube, noting that "[b]y pumping her breasts, a mother keeps up her milk supply so that her baby can breastfeed when he is stronger." >>If your baby was born prematurely, were you able to provide him/her with breast milk? If so, what were the challenges?

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