When it comes to feeding your baby, nothing is more nutritious and natural than breastfeeding. Unfortunately, we no longer live in a society where we learn from our mothers, sisters, aunts and friends how to accomplish this. Breastfeeding is natural, but sometimes your baby is going to need a little help learning how to latch on and suck properly; this is especially true with preemies. If you need any help, there are lactation specialists at most hospitals who will gladly come and provide you with some breastfeeding tips.
One of the most important things you can do as a new mother is to insist that your newborn not be given a pacifier or supplemental bottle until they have learned to take the breast. Breastfeeding takes more work that sucking on a bottle and infants who have become accustomed to the bottle often have a hard time getting enough milk from the breast. There are many other breastfeeding tips to be found in our little database.