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When you experience a premature birth, you are faced with the reality of intensive care and breathing tubes.
Mothers are often released from the hospital before their babies are ready to go home with them; this can be a traumatic time, especially if the hospital is far from home. So now maybe you are asking yourself whether you can still breastfeed your baby.
Yes, you can still breastfeed your baby, in fact breastfeeding your baby is the best thing to do. Breastfeeding a premature baby is even more vital than breastfeeding a full term baby, and holds added advantages.
The notion that bottle feeding is easier for a preterm baby than breastfeeding is false, and intensive care units around the world, are starting to realize this and change their outlook on this matter.
A preemie baby that is in intensive care may not be able to breastfeed directly from the breast, but can still benefit from breast milk via alternative feeding methods.
When choosing whether to breastfeed your preemie
Oral feeding methods:
Non-oral Feeding Methods:
It can be helpful to stay in contact with other parents of premature children. Surround yourself with those who have experienced the same breastfeeding issues in connection with breastfeeding preemies.