PREGNANCY & CHILDHOOD

Science-Based Nutrition Can Help Premature Infants Defy the Odds

How Abbott Nutrition Products Can Help Premature Infants

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Premature infants need specialized nutrition to catch up on growth and development.

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OCT. 12, 2019  1 MIN. READ
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Welcoming a new baby to the world is one of the most exciting parts of life.

But for parents of premature infants, it can also be a frightening time. When Kolton was born at just 22 weeks and three days, doctors worried he wouldn't survive the first 24 hours of his life. He miraculously did, but Kolton's fight was far from over.

Preemies need extra help to grow healthy and strong — and good nutrition is essential to that process. Like many babies born early, Kolton was too small to consume more than a few milliliters of milk at once. While breast milk is best for preterm babies, most need more calories and nutrients than human milk alone can provide1. To support Kolton’s advanced nutrition needs, his healthcare team turned to a Similac® product.

When added to human milk, Similac® Human Milk Fortifier delivers extra essential nutrients to a preterm baby’s feedings.  This fortifier can be mixed into breast milk without interfering with the nutrients that are already present, ensuring that premature babies get the increased nutrition they need to grow.

Learn more: Human Milk Fortifiers Explained

This innovative nutrition product is used in the neonatal intensive care unit or NICU and helped nourish Kolton during his journey.

Watch Kolton's story below and learn more about how Abbott is helping premature babies get a strong start in life.

First Solid Foods for Baby: Developmental Signs and Milestones to Look For

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One of the most exciting parts of caring for your baby is watching them grow and reach new milestones right before your eyes. They'll develop an appetite for and interest in solid foods during their first year of life. Your job, during this exciting journey together, is not only to guide their nutrition but also to decode their unique language of cues — a symphony of expressions, gestures and coos in reaction to these new sensations.

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Formula Preparation: What You Need to Know

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Breast milk is considered the gold standard, but some parents can’t or choose not to breastfeed, while others rely on both formula and breastfeeding. Those who use formula should know how to make a baby bottle to keep their baby healthy. It's simple, but important to carefully follow the label instructions. Questions about feeding your child should be directed to a healthcare professional.

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Learn how human milk fortifiers nourish premature babies.  

Learn about some facts about premature babies. 

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