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Breastfeeding Babies Who Have Health Problems

Breastfeeding special babies

Some babies are born with health problems which makes it hard to breastfeed are listed below. Even then, early breastfeeding and breast milk are good both to the mother and the baby. If your baby cannot breastfeed from you directly, the good idea is to express or pump your milk and give it to the baby with a dropper or a cup.

Feeding the incubator babies

Some babies are put in an incubator immediately after the birth for special care due to some medical conditions and the mother may not be allowed to breastfeed her.  In this situation, a mother can express or pump her milk and can be fed with a dropper, spoon, or cup by a nurse. 

Breastfeeding Cleft Palate Babies

Some babies are born with a cleft palate or cleft lip is the most common birth defect that occurs when the baby is developing in the womb within the first 3 months of developing. There is nothing that you could have done about it. Opening of the palate or lip can occur together or separately. Both the conditions can be treated surgically. 

A baby with this condition may not suck properly from her mother’s breasts. Immediately after the birth, a mother with cleft palate baby can try to breastfeed her baby with different positions and techniques like using her thumb to fill in the gap or opening left by the mouth to make a seal around the breast to prevent milk leaking into baby’s nose.

If this does not work out, a woman can express or pump her milk and feed it by cup. In some hospitals, babies with cleft palate or lip are fitted with an obturator (a mouthpiece) that fits and seals the cleft to make the feeding easier.  

Generally this condition requires 2-3 surgeries. The parents may also need to consult a plastic surgeon, dentist, and a speech therapist. A cleft palate or lip baby must be operated within a year that is to say before the baby starts to speak.

Breastfeeding Premature or Low Birth Weight Babies

Premature babies are born before 37 weeks of gestation and at low birth weight. In this situation, sometimes the mother leaves the hospital before her baby leaves as the baby has to stay in hospital for extra care. 

Babies who are born prematurely are often not able to breastfeed initially. In this case, a mother can express by hand or pump her colostrums milk and give it to the hospital staff to be fed by feeding tube or a cup or a gauze.

Breast milk helps the premature babies to grow and ward off any illnesses.  Once your baby is ready to breastfeed, skin-to-skin contact can be a very great start and it takes some time for both mother and the baby to get into a very good routine.

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