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15 Aug 2007

BREASTFEEDING PREM BABY
Dear Welma

I battled with pregnancy-induced hypertension and had to have my little girl delivered via c-section at 36 weeks. She weighed 3.085 kg at birth.
My first-born was also born big at 4.08kg but at 40 weeks. I was not able to breastfeed successfully and too tense as a first-time mum to persevere.

I would like to breastfeed with this baby tho - but having little luck.
My lo is constantly hungry - sucking at the breast 20 minutes at a time twice in the hour, and then into the next hour and the cycle continues.

When I express with my hand, I do get milk but when using the pump, it would seem like I have a poor milk supply - bit even 10mls expressed in 10-15 minutes.

How do I go about feeding this prem baby - especially with her weight ? I am topping up my breast-feeding with NAN - she takes about 60mls or so.

Please help - I am at my wits end and don't know how to ensure that this baby gets the nutrition she needs. Is there a way to work out what that may be ?
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01 Jan 0001

Hallo Melani
Best would be to visit a breastfeeding lactation consultant or your local La Leche League support group. It seems that you are too stressed and the formula you give also suppresses the breastmilk production. Express every 3 hours or more for 10 - 15 minutes. Do not worry if no milk comes out, just keep on doing this for a few days and the milk-flow will increase. Allow you baby to drink on the breast every two to three hours, relax, take lots of fluid and visit a support group.

Regards
Welma
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