Fortifying (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