Common Problems Experienced By The Premature Baby Or “Late Preterm Infant” Week #4 - Feeding

Late preterm infants are often more sleepy than full-term infants and may not awaken to feed as regularly. Also, they have a weaker suck and may be unable to coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing. It is important that they are fed frequently even though they may be sleepy and not acting hungry. These babies may require tube feedings to take enough milk to achieve weight gain. Mothers who breastfeed need to pump after each breastfeeding attempt because the infant’s suck is weak and the arrival of milk may be delayed. It is common to have breastfeeding problems at first due to the baby’s lack of energy and not feeling hungry. Lactation Consultants (nurses specializing in breastfeeding support) are available in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and can help remedy problems with milk supply and breastfeeding.

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Debbie Burroughs

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