The Right Milk For Babies Born Prematurely?

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ok..rnI Didik have a 4 month old child with a weight of 5.5 kg. Was born prematurely with a weight of 1.9kg. Currently drinking Morinaga formula. The question is, can my child give 2 brands of formula milk every day?

1 Answer:

Hi Arfan,

Thank you for asking

At the age of 4 months, babies normally weigh between 5.6 to 7.4 kg. However, assessing the growth of premature babies requires special techniques, cannot be generalized to the growth of babies born at term. In premature infants, growth retardation can still be tolerated as long as it is within the normal range of growth standards for the corrected age. Corrected age here means chronological age (age by date of birth) minus how many weeks he was born earlier.

Therefore, before assessing your child's growth, is it normal or not according to his age, it is necessary to clarify first at what week of pregnancy your baby was born?

There is no specific recommendation for premature babies to consume formula milk. Whatever the reason, breastfeeding (breast milk) is much better to help babies achieve optimal weight. However, babies born prematurely generally have a poor suction reflex in the early days of birth. Therefore, many mothers find it difficult to breastfeed because of inadequate attachment and suction of the baby. However, this condition should not necessarily be overcome by giving formula milk. Incorrect formula feeding can be difficult to digest and absorb by the baby's digestive tract, potentially making him malnourished.

In the early days, formula milk may be given, for example when breast milk production is not sufficient. However, this formula should actually be accompanied by efforts to increase milk production, for example by expressing it and then giving it to the baby. Giving formula milk as a substitute for breast milk without being accompanied by efforts to increase breast milk can actually make your milk production decrease, and in the end you will no longer be able to breastfeed your baby.

We recommend that you try to consult directly with a pediatrician regarding the type of formula that is suitable for your baby. In the meantime, try to relax. It's not easy, but considering your baby's age, who is only 4 months old, generally the success rate for relactation is still quite high. You can do the following:

Avoid giving formula using a pacifier, replace it with a spoon, cup, or cupfeeder Express your milk every 2 hours, then give it to the baby Slowly, reduce the frequency of formula feeding, and increase the number of feedings directly from your breast Encourage your baby to talk about wanting to come back breastfeed for your own good and for yourself Stimulate more milk production by managing stress well, getting enough rest, and eating and drinking plenty of nutritious food. If you still have problems, try consulting a lactation consultant doctor.

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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