Replacing Low Birth Weight Formula Milk With Fluids 0-6 Months In Premature Babies?
Hello, my baby was born at 8 months of pregnancy and the weight at birth was only 2,300 kg. Because I am consuming PTU I am not allowed to breastfeed, so my child is given LBW formula, after 1 month my child has already weighed 3kg, I asked, can I replace LBW formula with normal 0-6 months baby formula? If not, how long can my child drink the special low-weight fluorine? thanks.
Hello Mrs. Efalaesa,
LBW formula is given on the advice of a doctor based on considerations about the condition of your baby. Until when the milk is given, of course, you should consult a pediatrician who recommends it.
LBW milk or premature formula is intended for premature or low weight babies, under 2000 grams. This milk contains 81 calories per 100 ml, while the standard formula contains an average of 67 calories per 100 ml. LBW milk is used to help meet nutritional needs so that premature babies can grow properly.
Actually, according to research, breast milk remains the best source of nutrition for premature babies. However, if it is not possible to provide breast milk, of course it is necessary to provide a substitute for breast milk, namely formula milk. Of course, giving formula milk must be based on their needs. Prolonged LBW milk feeding is also not recommended, because the calories and other nutrients are greater and can lead to excess of certain nutrients.
In conclusion, you should consult your pediatrician to determine the most appropriate step. Don't forget to weigh your child every month, plot it on the chart / KMS and immunize according to the schedule.