At least one study shows that maternal interaction (speaking to your infant, touching them and holding them close to you, called “skin to skin contact”) helps premature babies grow and gain more weight. For this reason, take advantage of the time given to you to interact with your little one.
Most hospitals allow mothers to enter the nursery to feed their baby or promote skin contact. Just be sure to follow protocols, like proper handwashing and wearing the appropriate protective equipment to reduce infection risk.
Once discharged, follow your preemie’s feeding plan
And finally, one of the weight gain tips for a premature baby is to adhere to the doctor-approved feeding plan.
Don’t be tempted to feed your baby aggressively because their intestines are not yet fully mature. Ask your doctor about how much they need to receive and how frequent their feedings must be.
If you’re breastfeeding, learn about proper positioning and latching. If you cannot breastfeed, discuss with your doctor about the most appropriate way to feed for your infant.
Learn more about Premature Babies here.