Topic: Infant Health Care
This handout was written to answer some of the questions you may have about your baby’s human milk fortifier. Please feel free to ask your baby’s dietitian doctor, lactation consultant or nurse practitioner to go over any information you do not understand.
WHY DOES MY MILK NEED TO BE FORTIFIED?
Your milk gives your baby excellent benefits that help prevent disease and digest milk. Your milk is an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals. The amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals in your milk tend to decrease about two weeks after your baby is born. While these amounts are more than enough for a full-term baby, they may not be enough for a baby who was born too early (prematurely). To make breastmilk even better for your premature baby, you may need to add extra protein, vitamins and minerals by adding a supplement or fortifier to your milk.
WHAT IS A HUMAN MILK FORTIFIER?
Human milk fortifier is a powder that may be added to your milk. Both provide the extra protein, calories, vitamins and minerals your premature baby needs.
DOES MY MILK NEED TO BE FORTIFIED EVEN IF I EAT A BALANCED DIET AND TAKE PRENATAL VITAMINS?
A baby that is born early (prematurely) may sometimes need more nutrients than what your milk can supply, even if you are eating right and taking your vitamins.
WILL MY BABY NEED A FORTIFIER WHEN HE OR SHE COMES HOME?
When your baby is ready to go home, he or she should be nursing at the breast. Your baby will probably be growing well enough that he or she will no longer need the extra nutrients from human milk fortifier. Your baby’s doctor or dietitian will let you know if your baby needs a human milk fortifier when he or she goes home.
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Corregido: 1994, 1999, 2000, 2008
The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.
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Revised: 1994, 1999, 2000, 2008
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