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Old 11-24-2010, 05:11 PM
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A couple of random parenting questions...

So Sloane's pediatrician said to breastfeed her for at least 6 months........ the first time she got my breast milk was when she was about a week old, which is essentially when she was just under 26 weeks gestation.... Today she is 5 months old or corrected age is 6 weeks.. are you confused yet??? So it means that I have been breastfeeding her for about 5 months now, right?? She still continues to breast feed...........

Also for those of you with girls......... especially you Shi it scares the hell out of me to wipe and clean her little vagina I want to wipe until I can't see anything anymore but am afraid I am hurting her...... help!!!!
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:44 PM
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since she's a preemie, i would continue to breastfeed her as long as possible or until she reaches an adjusted age of 6 months. ultimately, it's up to you.

as for diapering... you are not hurting her. it's important to keep her clean, so she doesn't get a uti. gently wipe her and make sure to dry her well before putting on a diaper. watch for irritation and vaginal adhesion.
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:21 PM
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Oh no, I absolutely plan on continuing to breastfeed for a full year.
But I have been breastfeeding since she was about 26 weeks gestation, so total time so far has been 5 months, right?
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:31 PM
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^technically yes, you've been feeding her for five months already. IMO, if she was my baby, I'd breastfeed her until she is a year old from her due date if possible for a total of 17-18 months. personally I'd go longer, but that's just me. I was lucky that breastfeeding came very easily to me, so I'm sure that influences my decision too. Sloane is more likely to have allergies and food sensitivities due to her early arrival...so keep that in mind.

having said that, you have to decide what you can handle and go from there. every feeding she gets is beneficial, and she's gotten a great start. you're an awesome mommy, Wanda.

agree with cat about the wiping/cleaning issue. . girls are very prone to uti's and they're awful.
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Old 11-25-2010, 04:38 PM
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I want to breastfeed her for a full year from her actual due date which would have been 10-10-10. I am very fortunate that she latched on... I had heard that it was difficult for preemies to do that...
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:30 PM
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That is an incredibly awesome achievement Wanda.
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Old 11-26-2010, 01:27 PM
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That is an incredibly awesome achievement Wanda.
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I want to breastfeed her for a full year from her actual due date which would have been 10-10-10. I am very fortunate that she latched on... I had heard that it was difficult for preemies to do that...
I agree, that is an amazing accomplishment!! Speaking as a NICU nurse... I see so many preemies who's mom's have difficulty even producing enough milk to keep up with them the entire time they are hospitalized. The stress alone along with not actually nursing but pumping often times decreases milk production. For you to have her home and breastfeeding is FABULOUS!! Definately keep it up as long as you can.
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:21 PM
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I agree, that is an amazing accomplishment!! Speaking as a NICU nurse... I see so many preemies who's mom's have difficulty even producing enough milk to keep up with them the entire time they are hospitalized. The stress alone along with not actually nursing but pumping often times decreases milk production. For you to have her home and breastfeeding is FABULOUS!! Definately keep it up as long as you can.
Then I have a question for you Do you have any idea when the roof of her mouth will eventually flatten out? She was born at 24 weeks, 3 days. From being on the vent for so long she currently has that indentation and I often times have to readjust her to get a good latch
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:31 PM
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Hmmmm, sorry i have no idea! I haven't ever been asked that question. I work tonight, so I will ask some of my coworkers and the NNP. I only see them in the nicu and unfortunately don't hear about how they are doing after they go home! I'll get back to you
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