Childr Health Information

Formula - Premature

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Topic: Infant Health Care

This handout was written to answer some of the questions you may have about your baby’s special premature formula.  Please feel free to ask your baby’s dietitian, doctor or nurse practitioner to go over any information you do not understand.

WHY DOES MY BABY NEED A SPECIAL”PREMATURE” FORMULA?
During the last three months of pregnancy, babies grow a lot.  Even though your baby was born early, he or she still has catch-up growth to do.  Standard formula cannot provide your baby with the calories, protein, vitamins and minerals that he or she needs.  Your baby may also need special kinds of proteins, sugars and fats to help his or her stomach and bowels begin their important jobs of digesting. 

HOW ARE PREMATURE FORMULAS DIFFERENT FROM STANDARD FORMULAS?
Premature formulas contain more calories, protein, vitamins and minerals than standard formulas.  The protein used has more whey than casein, making a softer, smaller curd when it reaches your baby’s stomach.  Sugar that is easily digested (glucose polymer) is used as well as lactose (the same kind of sugar that is present in human milk).  Oil that is easily digested is used.  Other oils are also used that provides fat needed for skin and brain growth.

WILL MY BABY NEED A SPECIAL PREMATURE FORMULA WHEN HE OR SHE COMES HOME?
Many premature babies need a special premature formula for awhile after going home.  Your baby’s doctor or dietitian will give you instructions for the special formula.  As your baby grows, your baby’s doctor will decide what formula your baby needs.

My baby’s special formula is __________________________________________.

PDF: Child Health Information - FORMULA - PREMATURE

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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
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.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1994, 1999, 2000, 2008

 

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