Proper nutrition helps your baby grow strong
Whether you choose to breastfeed or use baby formula, after leaving the hospital, your premature baby may need nutritional supplementation or an enriched* formula. An enriched formula, such as Similac® NeoSure®, has nutrients that support brain, eyes, muscle, bone, and organ growth, as well as development of a strong immune system.
Below are a few important components for growth and immune system development:
Vitamin C helps form collagen, a protein that gives structure to bones, cartilage, muscle, blood vessels, and other connective tissue. It helps maintain capillaries, bones, and teeth. In addition, vitamin C is essential for healing wounds and helping the body resist infection, and it aids in iron absorption.
Calcium plays an important role in bone and tooth development, blood clotting, and maintenance of healthy nerves and muscles.
Iron is necessary for proper growth and formation of healthy blood cells. Iron is part of hemoglobin, a protein that is involved in carrying and storing oxygen.
Protein helps develop, maintain, and repair new tissues throughout the body, including muscles.
Lutein is a nutrient found in breast milk that supports eye health. It may serve to protect the retina from the damaging effects of free radicals produced by blue light.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin; a nutrient that is found in human cells and is important in protecting cells including a baby’s developing eyes and brain. Vitamin E is essential for structure and function of the human nervous system, retina, and skeletal muscle.
If you choose to formula feed, Similac® NeoSure® provides complete nutrition through your baby’s first year.
* Increased protein, vitamins, and minerals compared to term infant formula.