Raising your premature baby
A guide for moms with preemies
Your preemie's unique nutrition needs
Make the most of feeding time to help your preemie develop fully and get off to a strong start.
Babies born prematurely have specific nutritional needs throughout the first year as their bodies work hard to grow and develop. The right nutrition helps them grow in ways you can see, such as weight, length, and head size. It is also vital for growth you cannot see, including rapid growth and development taking place in these key areas:
Why preemies need specialized nutrition
Because your baby did not get a full nine months in the womb, her body is working hard to "catch up" in growth and development. Major organs — such as the lungs, heart, eyes, and brain — might still be developing. To meet her body's nutritional demands, she will need more protein, calories, vitamins, and minerals than standard term formulas provide. Similac Expert Care NeoSure has a unique blend of Lutein and DHA for brain and eye development.
Learn how Similac Expert Care® NeoSure® is specially designed to provide complete nutrition and support important development for premature babies.1,2
Weight gain in preemies: Not all gains are the same
Every ounce preemies gain can feel like a step in the right direction. But it is important that they gain the right kind of weight.
Because of your preemie's rapid growth, it is important that her weight gain is proportional in both muscle and fat. A baby formula designed for premature infants, such as Similac Expert Care NeoSure, can help achieve this healthy balance.
Remember, your baby's stomach is smaller, and she can only take a few ounces of baby formula at each feeding, so it is important to stay the course with a premature infant formula — like Similac Expert Care NeoSure — that has a special blend of protein, calories, vitamins, and minerals to help her grow and develop.