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Late preterm and early term infants - why these babies struggle so much with breastfeeding

October 04, 2023 Katie James and Dr Rachel Reed Season 5 Episode 2
The Midwives' Cauldron
Late preterm and early term infants - why these babies struggle so much with breastfeeding
Show Notes

In this episode Katie talks with Rachel about late preterm and early term infants. These are the babies who have flown under the radar for far too long and often are the babies who struggle the most to get going with breastfeeding. 

Come with us as we take a look at the current research, plans for feeding and what mothers are saying who have had babies born just that bit too early. 

·      How many babies are born late preterm and why the numbers are growing.

·      How late preterm infants are different neurologically and physically to full term babies  

·      What complications are more likely to be seen in the late preterm population

 ·      Current challenges within the maternity system when supporting mothers with late preterm infants

·      Is there a basic plan which can be generalised for most or all late preterm infants?

·      What about those babies born 37-38+6 weeks (early term), do they have higher needs too?

·      And we look at the barriers to continuation of breastfeeding.

https://abm.memberclicks.net/assets/DOCUMENTS/PROTOCOLS/10-breastfeeding-the-late-pre-term-infant-protocol-english.pdf
https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/11/2/312
https://internationalbreastfeedingjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13006-017-0114-0 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/j.1740-8709.2012.00463.x
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/bfm.2020.0379
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0884217515305190
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089%2Fbfm.2015.0122

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