Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bottle Feeding Your Preemie

Preemies are so extra sweet and extra special, but there may be many concerns that arise for you as the parent.  One of those many concerns may be how much your preemie should be fed.  Some new moms still choose to breastfeed their babies even though they feel it may not be enough or may be too much.  Some mothers choose to simply bottle feed their preemies, but how much should a little one like a preemie consume in one feeding?  Here are some tips that I have found to be helpful and hopefully you also will find them helpful as you transition at home with your preemie.

Tips on how to bottle feed your preemie


You have probably figured out by now that bottle feeding is a major challenge for preemies because of the strength and energy that it takes.  Follow these tips suggested by Stacy Connerty over at eHow.com:

- Only begin feeding when you see signs that your little one is actually hungry.  When you see signs such as sucking their fingers, crying, etc., be sure to have the bottle handy to begin feeding your preemie.

- Give your preemie a brief taste of the formula or breast milk by putting a drop on your finger and placing it in her little mouth. Hopefully this will jumpstart her urge to feed.

- Try as much as possible to keep any air out of the bottle. We know this can be the cause of major gas in preemies and newborns.  Consider purchasing bottles that prevent gas.

- Burp your preemie as often as possible and allow her to rest in between feedings.

- Watch for signs that your little one is finished feeding.  Usually a good sign is a baby falling a sleep while feeding.

Every baby is different and only you as the parent know your baby better than anyone else.  Take the time to observe your baby's every physical sign.  This will be helpful in determining what your preemie needs.

Source: eHow

Image: Preemie Prints

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