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Formula and premature babies AaliyahVal'sMommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Cleveland, Ohio 1332 posts
15th Jul '13

Why do people get suggested to give their babies formula if they are premature?
Wouldn't breast milk be the better choice?

Squiggly Spooch TTC since Nov 2010; 1 child; California 3559 posts
15th Jul '13

I agree. It is better.
I thought it was commonplace to suggest pumping even for just colostrum.

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3231 posts
15th Jul '13

Breast milk is almost always the better choice. A lot of times, preemies have latch/suck issues, but pumping should be tried before formula.

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
15th Jul '13

Food is food. If the mother isn't producing and the baby is losing weight it may be more important to supplement than to continue letting the baby lose weight.

Boobo&bugs Due September 24; 1 child; Simpsonville, South Carolina 5766 posts
status 15th Jul '13

They usually give the colostrum first then formula feed if your milk isn't in or regulated. And it is very hard to exclusively pump. Or at least it was for me!

user banned Due April 2; Georgia 7200 posts
15th Jul '13

My boys were born 7 weeks premature. They were on formula because they physically couldn't suck & breath at the same time, and had to be held & fed certain ways. I guess I could have pumped (I wanted to breast feed anyways), but I was out for 2 days after they were born, someone would have had to milk me like a cow, seriously. When I finally came around, I never had more than a few drops from each breast. It sucked.

jazzzzz* 2 kids; Beverly Hills, California 7558 posts
15th Jul '13

Because my milk never came in.... I tried but it's not that easy.

AaliyahVal'sMommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Cleveland, Ohio 1332 posts
15th Jul '13

I mean my friends cousin does both, I think she was told to do both...
Before even trying breast milk alone, She was born a 4lb baby.

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3231 posts
15th Jul '13

A lot of doctors also suggest formula for jaundice also, which preemies are at higher risk for... but it's not always necessary.

Manda♥Bella 1 child; Midland, WA, Australia 29288 posts
15th Jul '13

Because formula is more fatty and a some mothers with premmie babies struggle to produce milk.

EasyComeEasyGo Due October 27 (boy); 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Maryland 8026 posts
15th Jul '13

I pumped for my preemie, and we had to add preemie formula in my breast milk to fortify it. She needed the extra calories, but always had breast milk as well!

AaliyahVal'sMommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Cleveland, Ohio 1332 posts
15th Jul '13
Quoting EasyComeEasyGo:" I pumped for my preemie, and we had to add preemie formula in my breast milk to fortify it. She needed the extra calories, but always had breast milk as well!"


Did u ever just switch to one?

EasyComeEasyGo Due October 27 (boy); 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Maryland 8026 posts
15th Jul '13
Quoting AaliyahVal'sMommy:" Did u ever just switch to one?"


Yes, I breastfed for 6 months, and then put her on neosure completely.

*Secondtimearound* Due February 23; 2 kids; Spring Hill, Florida 37 posts
15th Jul '13

Usually for the extra calories, my son was on premature formula and I also tried to breastfeed him but he never could latch properly. The formula helped him gain weight faster.