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Q&A: Does my preemie need to take in more food than a full-term baby?

Does my preemie need to take in more food than a full-term baby?

Re: Does my preemie need to take in more food than a full-term baby?

The Bump Expert

Yes, most premature babies need more calories per body weight than term babies. It takes a lot of energy to grow outside of the uterus, repair lung damage, fight infections, and cope with illness. Still, how long a premature baby will actually need extra calories for depends on their health, plus any medical challenges and how well they are growing.

Dr. Jennifer Gunter

Q&A: Does my preemie need to take in more food than a full-term baby?

Our preemies didn't take in more by way of volume. We supplemented breast milk with extra calorie formula which can be added diectly to breast milk.

laquita75 |

Q&A: Does my preemie need to take in more food than a full-term baby?

While in the hospital with my baby, I was told that preemies eat no more than full term babies. I would ask your baby's doctor about it.

chelsealf |

Q&A: Does my preemie need to take in more food than a full-term baby?

When my preemie daughter was in the NICU, her breast milk was supplemented with some sort of growth formula to help her get bigger faster but was stopped after only 2 weeks since she didn't need it anymore. Once the baby is growing at a steady rate, it doesn't matter how much they weigh. My daughter was discharged at 3 pounds 11 ounces.

maybride@live.com |

Q&A: Does my preemie need to take in more food than a full-term baby?

Most babies need more calories but I don't think you should exaggerate with that. Have you ever tried donper frozen yogurt machine ? I always wanted to try it but I never had the chance.

RaduO1 |

Q&A: Does my preemie need to take in more food than a full-term baby?

My preemie lost a full pound a week after birth (from 5 to 4 pounds), so we had to supplement with Similac Neosure. It has extra calories and she built up weight in no time. The hospital instructed us to feed her every two hours. Once she hit 8 pounds, they said she didn't need to be woken up every 2 hours. Then she doubled her birth weight in 8 weeks, so we took her off of it.

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