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Helping Your Baby Grow

SILKFortifying (adding calories, fat and protein) your milk

  • In the last months of pregnancy, the fetus needs a lot of calcium to build strong bones, and protein and fat to build body tissues.
  • Because they missed those last weeks of pregnancy, preemies need extra calcium, phosphorus, protein and fat.
  • We will fortify your breast milk with these extra nutrients to help your baby grow better and prevent weak bones (rickets).
  • We start to add "fortifier" around the time your baby is taking all nutrition by mouth or gavage.
  • Fortifier is made from either human or cow's milk.

Why do preemies need Vitamins and Iron?

  • Preemies need extra vitamin D to help keep their bones strong and prevent rickets.
  • Preemies all have low iron.
  • Your baby will be started on an iron supplement before you go home to build up his/her red blood cells.
  • Iron drops can be poisonous for other children. Store your preemie's iron supplement in a safe place if you have young children in the house.

The Chester County Hospital Lactaction Consultants: 610.738.2582

Last Updated: 6/23/2011