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25 Nov 2005

Gestational age of prem baby
Good morning!

I was just wondering, at what Gestational age would a prem baby be out of danger. A baby born at 30 weeks, would the baby survive and is it true that a prem baby should not be fed the mothers milk because it is too heavy for baby to digest.

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01 Jan 0001

Hallo Puppy
Babies can be in danger even when born at full term. It depends on why they were born to early. If mom had high blood pressure during pregnancy and this led to premature birth we find that babies do better, sooner. Girls as a rule also do better than boys. The older the baby is the better we expect their outcome to be, since they have been in the womb for longer and this is the optimal developmental environment, but you need to keep the baby’s condition and reason for prem birth in mind.

Concerning breast milk. Breast milk is the very best thing you can feed any baby and especially a premature baby. The contents change as the baby grow and the baby will not be at risk for infections that may be caused by formula (NEC) and in addition breast fed babies has a much lower risk for infections and allergies later in live. Please breast feed your baby!
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