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How Long Should Your Baby Use Preemie Formula? If your doctor recommends NeoSure, EnfaCare, Nutriprem 2, or human milk fortifier, it’s important to keep using them for as long as your doctor recommends. Depending on your baby’s unique needs, that may be until your original due date or until three, six, or even 12 months later.

How long should a child drink infant formula? Infant formula is generally recommended until age 1, followed by whole milk until age 2 — but talk to your child’s doctor for specific guidance. Reduced-fat or skim milk generally isn’t appropriate before age 2 because it doesn’t have enough calories or fat to promote early brain development. My 25 weeker did preemie formula for three days at home and then had stomach issues.

We went to regular formula at three weeks adjusted mixed to 24 calorie for weight gain. His doctor said regular formula was fine as long as they are gaining weight and. Some are ready at 32 weeks; others are not ready at 36 weeks. Nurses can often tell when a baby is getting close to this time by how a baby acts during a tube feeding.

Your baby’s doctors and nurses will determine when to start. At first your baby will have only one or two feeds a day that are not by tube. Use prepared infant formula within 2 hours of preparation and within one hour from when feeding begins.

If you do not start to use the prepared infant formula within 2 hours, immediately store the bottle in the fridge and use it within 24 hours. Throw out any infant formula that is. There are many infant formulas on supermarket shelves and it may leave new mothers confused about the best product for premature babies.

Choosing a formula is definitely a decision that should be made with your neonatologist or pediatrician. However, learning about the different types available can help you have an informed discussion with the doctor. To measure your premature baby’s development, use his or her corrected age — your baby’s age in weeks minus the number of weeks he or she was premature.

For example, if your baby was born eight weeks early, at age 6 months your baby’s corrected age is 4 months. You’ll always remember your baby’s time in the hospital. Continued The First 18 Months Adjusted: A Timeline. Just like with full-term babies, milestones for premature infants can vary. But Bear says some key things should happen around the following time.

You can start by offering your baby 1 to 2 ounces of infant formula every 2 to 3 hours in the first days of life if your baby is only getting infant formula and no breast milk. Give your baby more if he or she is showing signs of hunger. Most infant formula-fed newborns will feed 8 to 12 times in 24 hours. It is 12 month adjusted age for sure. If there are no weight concerns then a change can be made after that.

My daughter is underweight to this day. She was on the baby formula until she was 21 months actual age, 18 months adjusted.

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All infants should be fed whenever they are hungry, and for the first few weeks of life, this may be every 1 to 3 hours for breastfed infants and slightly less frequently for those receiving formula.

“Textbook of Family Medicine E-Book” by David Rakel, Robert E. Rakel
from Textbook of Family Medicine E-Book
by David Rakel, Robert E. Rakel
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

Once breast-feeding is going well and the milk supply is established (usually three or four weeks after delivery), you may decide to use an occasional bottle of formula or expressed milk so you can be away during some feedings.

“Caring for Your Baby and Young Child” by Steven P. Shelov
from Caring for Your Baby and Young Child
by Steven P. Shelov
Oxford University Press, 1997

Infant formula is allowed until 4 hours before arrival in infants <6 months old, and until 6 hours before arrival in babies 6–12 months old.

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by George W. Holcomb, J. Patrick Murphy, Shawn D. St Peter
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

The normal half-time reported for infants given milk or formula varies widely in the literature, from 25 to 48 minutes with breast milk to 60 to 90 minutes with formula and bovine milk.

“Essentials of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging E-Book” by Fred A. Mettler, Milton J. Guiberteau
from Essentials of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging E-Book
by Fred A. Mettler, Milton J. Guiberteau
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

If a breastfed baby is given one supplementary formula feed, they will produce a formula feeding microbiome within 24 h, which can take between 2 and 4 weeks to be reversed once the baby is exclusively breastfed again; consequently compromising the baby in the short and long term (Walker 2016).

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by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2020

With babies under six months, who are mostly dependent on milk for their nourishment, each dropped breastfeeding should be replaced by formula.

“What To Expect The 1st Year [rev Edition]” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What To Expect The 1st Year [rev Edition]
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

Therefore, if you plan to feed a breastfed infant breast milk or supplemental formula by bottle, it is recommended that you wait until your baby is an established feeder (generally at six weeks or so) before you start.

“Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth” by Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Judy Norsigian
from Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth
by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Judy Norsigian
Atria Books, 2008

These formulae include infant formula (for babies up to 6 months) and follow-on formula (for babies over 6 months), as well as formulae for infants with special nutritional requirements (including soy-based, lactose-free and low-lactose formulae), and formulae for special dietary purposes.

“Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions Australian & New Zealand Edition eBook” by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis
from Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions Australian & New Zealand Edition eBook
by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

Determine whether the infant is taking feedings adequately (every 2 to 3 hours if breastfed, every 3 to 4 hours if formula fed).

“Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing” by Sharon Smith Murray, MSN, RN, C, Emily Slone McKinney, MSN, RN, C
from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing
by Sharon Smith Murray, MSN, RN, C, Emily Slone McKinney, MSN, RN, C
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

At approximately 6 months of age, human milk or infant formula can no longer supply all of an infant’s nutrition requirements, and complementary foods are needed to ensure adequate nutrition and growth.

“Conn's Current Therapy 2010 E-Book: Expert Consult” by Edward T. Bope, Robert E. Rakel, Rick D. Kellerman
from Conn’s Current Therapy 2010 E-Book: Expert Consult
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Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

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  • can i use formula my cereal I’m always running out of milk�������� I’m going to do it anyway if a baby can drink it I can drink it������ I’m going to buy my own baby bottle too it’s going down 2018������ relax I’m a comedian and practice makes perfect so when i have my first baby ��

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  • Premature babies are more smarter than normal babies.. Initially they suffer at NICU but when they grow their intelligence and smartness were at peaks.. my baby is 10 weeks preemie and just completed 4 weeks. Came to home @ 3 weeks from NICU. She is soo small and sooo cuteee. When I see her I will forget every pain and I roll on happiness.

  • I was 2 months early in 1974, I was in the hospital for 2-3 months weighing 3 pounds and 2 oz. From experience you do bond with the family’s and the nurses in the NICU. Even when you dont know the family’s you pray and hope every child gets better. You may even miss the nurse for a while after you are done at the hospital because they become like friends.

  • I was born when my mother was 5 months pregnant. Some children who are born preterm can possibly suffer from mental illness issues/learning disabilities as we get older.

  • Hi Jennifer! I’m premature as well and I was also born 6 weeks early. I’m now 12 years old (born July 10th but supposed to be born August 17th), repeated 6th grade and it really affected me so they moved me back up and it is really hard to catch up, but I’m trying! I found out I was premature about a week ago and I was scared I was going to die early. Thankfully, I’m not. I still don’t know a lot about it, and this helped! Thank you ��

  • I’m a premature baby and I was supposed to be born in March I was both in November (I’m not trying to do the math lol). I also had a twin brother and he died.

  • I have all Preemies.. Baby # 10 will be also but not all preemie babies struggle.. I had a 28 weeker come out not on air or feeding tube.. I also had 32 weekers that come home wit me wit no issues its depends how much medical intervention u get before sometimes.. I thank god I knew every female in my fam had preemies and my doctors adjusted to help prep baby early.. Yes my kids take longer to grow in the 1st 6 months or so but they caught up!! It does suck preemie clothes are hard 2 find and they cost more like to me makes not sense its smaller:(.. Thanks for sharing ur knowledge with us!!

  • Great video. Could you make a preemie must have video? Did she only take to the bottle and not the breast? I’m really hoping to make it to 36 weeks but he might come any time (I’m in the hospital on bedrest) and I know there can be significant challenges with the learning to/accept breast feeding after being bottle fed. Any insight you give could be helpful,

  • Being born premature fucken suck’s because you have a alot of problems to deal with through your life and you regret ever being born into this life like myself

  • I wanna use the parent’s choice purple labeled formula,cause,it works more than gentlease & enfimil itself.,but,I do have a question.,they don’t have parent’s choice purple labeled toddler formula.,should I use a different brand,or,should I just breastfeed my adopted kids?

  • Mixing the formula that way is going to make a lot of micro bubbles in the bottle and probably you are going to have a hard time to completely burp the baby, by holding the bottle at the neck/top and moving the bottom in circular motion to mix the formula will give you less micro bubbles.

  • Please, advise people to use hot water (over 70C but not boiling) so that the formula is sterilized from contaminants from their “clean” hands into the powder formula container. More under Cronobacter in the CDC website.