It’s difficult even when babies aren’t preemies! Why it can be even more difficult for mums of preemies –
Women who give birth before completing 37 weeks of gestation are likely to produce less milk for meeting the nutritional needs of their babies, a study suggested. According to the research, there is a rise in the number of premature infants leaving hospitals in the United States with human donor milk for feeding.
Human milk is an important element in the development of a newborn. Pediatricians often recommend mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies at least until they become six months old. Some of the benefits of breastfeeding are that it can boost babies’ immune systems and lower the risk of obesity, diabetes, allergies, ear and respiratory infections as well as sudden infant death syndrome.
However, the mothers of premature babies may not be able to breastfeed their babies immediately after delivery due to a slow production process, the study, published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics on Tuesday, noted.