Why do people get suggested to give their babies formula if they are premature?
Wouldn't breast milk be the better choice?
I agree. It is better.
I thought it was commonplace to suggest pumping even for just colostrum.
Breast milk is almost always the better choice. A lot of times, preemies have latch/suck issues, but pumping should be tried before formula.
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.
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!
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.
Because my milk never came in.... I tried but it's not that easy.
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.
A lot of doctors also suggest formula for jaundice also, which preemies are at higher risk for... but it's not always necessary.
Because formula is more fatty and a some mothers with premmie babies struggle to produce milk.
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!
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?
Quoting AaliyahVal'sMommy:" Did u ever just switch to one?"
Yes, I breastfed for 6 months, and then put her on neosure completely.