How do I know if my premature baby is breastfeeding well?
It is sometimes hard to tell whether premature babies taken in enough milk by breastfeeding. They may be too weak to communicate their hunger and are often sleepy during and after breastfeeding. Sometimes they look as if they are breastfeeding effectively when they are not. It is critical to their growth and survival to take in enough milk, so health-care providers monitor them closely. Premature babies who are breastfeeding well latch easily and stay latched for most of the feed. They may choke, gulp and breathe quickly at the start and suck well during the feed. As babies start taking in more milk, they may ask for less or no milk supplement and mothers may notice a decrease in the amount they express. Weighing the baby before and after feeds is another way to figure out how much milk the baby is getting. It also allows mothers to see which of their baby’s breastfeeding behaviours result in good milk intake.