Not all late preterm babies follow that pattern, but many do. And because these babies often look like they're feeding well, hospitals tend to send moms and babies home with little support or guidance, just to re-admit them a few days later for jaundice and poor weight gain.
That's why I'm very pleased to present a podcast interview on breastfeeding late preterm (sometimes known as 'near term') babies with well known breastfeeding expert Marsha Walker.
Marsha is author of many books on breastfeeding, and most recently wrote Breastfeeding the Late Preterm Infant.
In the podcast we discuss why these babies are sometimes called "impostors," what happens during the last weeks of gestation which can impact breastfeeding, typical breastfeeding problems of late preterm infants, why breastfeeding is important to these infants, and solutions to common problems.
In the interview Marsha refers to two references for best practices in support of breastfeeding late preterm infants:
- Care and Management of the Late Preterm Infant Toolkit, California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative
- Protocol: Breastfeeding the Near Term Infant (35-37 weeks gestation), Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine