Some health care providers have been concerned that fragile premature infants might be infected by bacteria in breast milk or by contact with the breastfeeding mother. However, a 2011 study (4) examined such concerns and determined that there was no correlation between finding bacteria in breast milk and the baby developing an infection. What do i need to know? Breastfeeding is great for all newborns, but its even more important if your baby arrives early. Thats because your body will automatically produce milk thats specially designed to nourish your premature baby, with extra calories, vitamins, and protein. Whats more, the live cells in breast milk that protect babies from infection can be even more important for. Premature babies need to be in incubators actually premature babies, even very small ones, often do better skin to skin with the breastfeeding parent (or partner) than they do in incubators. This article is based on our booklet breastfeeding your premature baby. The booklet contains valuable information from research on breastfeeding premature infants, as well as experiences of other parents of premature babies to inform, reassure and encourage you. If your baby has been, or is about to be born prematurely, we recommend that you purchase the booklet, which will provide much more. Your breastmilk is exactly suited to your premature babys nutritional needs. If you give birth prematurely, your milk will be slightly different from full-term milk. Feeding strategies for premature infants randomized trial of gastrointestinal priming and tube-feeding method. Premature babies are often too immature to feed at the breast immediately after birth. In addition to prematurity, they often have medical problems, and may be placed in the nicu (neonatal intensive care unit) until they are stable enough to feed successfully via bottle or breast. Non-nutritive sucking (nns) involves letting the preemie nurse from the mothers breast, which is emptied by. While holding your baby, you may notice them try to move towards your breast. Gradually, as they develop and get stronger, they will be able to breastfeed directly. The first time you try it, the hospital staff may ask you to express first, then put your baby to your breast.