Feeding the Baby Born Before 38 Weeks
This four-page handout educates mothers about feeding a baby born before 38 weeks. It describes the feeding behaviors of both late preterm infants and early term infants, and difficulties they may have with feeding effectively. It provides a chart based on age that helps mothers know if the infant is breastfeeding effectively, based on urine, stool, and weight loss. The document discusses approaches the mother can take to feeding their infant, such as using breast compression and supplementing breastfeeding with expressed breast milk or formula, and includes a chart showing how much additional milk to offer the infant after breastfeeding, based on age.
Translations are performed by Interpreter Services at Michigan Medicine, who utilize trained medical interpreters. Materials are reviewed for plain language by Patient Education and Health Literacy Program (PEHL).