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Thread: 2 Preemie Questions Ive been wondering about

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    May 2007

    Default 2 Preemie Questions Ive been wondering about

    Is the weight they are the day they shouldve been born the weight they would have been if they carried fullterm?

    Does anyone have any tricks for getting them to latch?Is giving the bottle right after they try counterproductive?

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    Sep 2006

    Default Re: 2 Preemie Questions Ive been wondering about

    Good question about the weight thing. I wondered that myself and unfortunately I don't know the answer. My DD was premature and I don't think she was nearly as big on her due date as she would have been had I been able to carry her full term. She was 4 lbs at birth, and about 6 lbs at her due date. I think she would have been a bigger baby if born full term, but I guess there's no way to know. As for the latching and the bottle, I was very worried about nipple confusion, but we had no issues at all. My DD was fed with the tube for the first few weeks and then we started nursing and bottle feeding about 2-3 weeks after birth. She never had a problem going from one to the other and the nurses in my NICU assured me that they saw that happen with all their babies. I didn't believe them at first but they were right. I know none of this is exact science....I just wanted to tell you of my experiences. We started with the tube (EBM) and then bottles (EBM) and breast and nursed exclusively until she was old enough for some solids and cow's milk (no formula). Giving her the bottle in the NICU had no adverse effects on us being able to develop a great breastfeeding relationship! Good luck!

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    Default Re: 2 Preemie Questions Ive been wondering about

    i dont know about your first question, but im going to say most likely no.

    and number 2: I cant really answer because with my daughter i had to pump and then wait and use a stupid nipple shield

    but hey if you get any ideas on how to get a preemie to latch, id love to hear em.
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    Default Re: 2 Preemie Questions Ive been wondering about

    I really dont know on the latching thing but I would think that a baby born early would have weighed more than they weighed on their due date if they would have been carried to term simply because they always lose some weight to start with and THEN start to gain but who know! My first son was born at 36 weeks and was 6 pounds 5 ounces and by the time his due date rolled around he was almost ten pounds!! but at the same time my dd was also 36 weeks and was 4 15 at birth and she was only like 6 pounds by her due date so who knows!!
    My third was born at 37 weeks (I would sooo love to just carry ONE to its due date!!) and he was 5 10 and at his due date which was last monday he was 7 pounds 10 ounces. I would "think" they would atleast weigh a bit more if they would have stayed in!

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    Default Re: 2 Preemie Questions Ive been wondering about

    not sure about the weight...Mason was 5 lbs 14 oz at birth 5 weeks early and I am not sure he would have been much bigger because my OB had me freaking out about my weight gain and I was eating 1 hard boiled egg for breakfast, a salad for lunch and a chicken breast for dinner (so stupid for letting her get to me).

    As far as latching, we used the nipple shield for 2 1/2 months and kept trying to nurse without it when one day he latched, came off. Little by little he would stay on longer and one day he latched for 15 minutes at which point I stopped using the shield.

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    Default Re: 2 Preemie Questions Ive been wondering about

    Hi. I had a premie in December at 34 weeks. One of the NICU nurses there told us that usually premie babies grow better outside of the womb and thus, they would probably weigh more on their due date than if they were carried full-term. She said that if a baby came early there was probably a reason to do so (like the mother's womb wasn't adequate enough for the baby), so they usually will gain more outside than if they were inside. I don't know if I fully agree with her ideology, but I do think that the baby would have weighed less if he carried to term than what he was on his actual due date because of the strict feeding schedule in the NICU. So the answer to your question would be, not necessarily.

    As for tips and tricks for latching. I had major latching issues with my baby for 4 months. It was a nightmare. I had consultations with lactation specialists and nothing seemed to solve the problem. Finally, after weeks and weeks of sleepless nights, another breastfeeding Mom told me to squeeze my breast a little above the areola to flatten it out a little so it will be easier to fit in the baby's mouth and for the baby to grasp. This worked like a charm. It especially works if you have oversupply (which I think I had from all the pumping in the first couple of months) and the breasts are too full for the baby to latch. Another tip that my lactation consultant gave me was to put your nipple under the baby's nose so he could smell it... this will open up the baby's mouth wide for a good latch (I find this technique works better than tickling the chin or cheek).

    I would stay away from nipple shields unless you really have to use them, because once a baby gets used to them, it's hard to wean them off. It's a pain having to wash them and sterilize them all the time (especially in the middle of the night), and it's supposedly harder for the baby to adequately empty the breast when a nipple shield is used. The NiCU nurses made me think I had to use the nipple shield with a premie baby (even though the first time I breastfed him, he breastfed fine without it). After using the nipple shield once he wouldn't have it any other way for at least 2 months after that. I really hated using nipple shields! I wouldn't recommend them unless you're really having a hard time getting your baby to latch.

    Good luck and keep us posted. This difficult time will pass before you know it!


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