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Effective tips for bottle feeding a premature baby

Every parent wants to ensure that their child is well-cared for from the moment he or she is conceived. Having a premature baby presents its own set of difficulties and being unable to feed the baby can be physically and emotionally taxing.

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Premature newborns are frequently lethargic and uncooperative when it comes to feeding, they may also be too weak to take all of the milk they require to maintain their growth. These factors make it difficult to feed them at first.

Here are tips for feeding a premature baby

1 It is critical to get the timing perfect

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Some newborns wake up and cry when they are hungry, while others require feedings every 3 to 5 hours. Recognize your baby's rhythms and feed him when he is most hungry. Feeding times should ideally not exceed 30 minutes.

2 Feed the infant while seated up

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This is one of the finest bottle feeding positions for premature babies since it keeps them awake and allows them to feed in a comfortable position. Place him on your lap and support his head with your non-dominant arm. The bottle can then be fed to the infant by your dominant arm.

3 Perform oral stimulation activities

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To assist him to develop a stronger suckling action, softly circle his lips with your fingers and squeeze his cheeks together.

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4 Preemies may have difficulty coordinating their breathing and bottle feeding and this can result in apnea or bradycardia during a feed. As a result, keep an eye out for signals of danger while feeding and take a break if he gags or displays signs of danger, such as a reduction in heart rate or oxygen saturation.

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5 Burp him regularly to allow air that has been swallowed during feeding to escape. Allow him to sit up straight and softly pat his back for 1 to 3 minutes in between feeds or at the conclusion.

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