When a baby is born there is a lot of happiness around. On the other hand, if a Preemie (premature baby) is born there comes a whole lot of stress with very less happiness.
There are some points to ponder if you are a mother of a preemie. These points come from my personal experience.
- Stay Positive – Overthinking will only worsen the whole scenario. Mother should be emotionally strong.
- Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) or Commonly known as Skin to Skin Contact – Try keeping baby more close to your chest so that he can relate and feel the heartbeat of his mother. It enhances the healing of both mother and child. Even the father can provide KMC to the baby.
- Stay Hydrated – It helps in accelerating the recovery and production of breast milk.
- Eat Lots of Greens – Include more of water-rich veggies from gourd family which are easy to digest.
- Liquid Gold – Also known as breastmilk, it should be a priority to feed the baby. But again don’t stress out if it’s not sufficient initially. In the meantime, try feeding formula milk.
- Hygiene – As preemies are more prone to infections, maintain complete hygiene and avoid giving the baby in the hands of every visitor initially. Sanitizer and hand wash should always be used when you are taking the baby in your hands.
- Your Better Half- Love and care from husband helps emotional healing and acts as a strong support system.
- Massage – With light strokes and a lot of love try to massage baby softly to establish the bond. Again father can do this task. So the mother can relax for a while.
- Family – Don’t hesitate to ask for help from your family members.
- Sleep Talk- Prepare a script in the positive present tense as what you want to tell baby and narrate this script to your baby daily with a lot of optimism and conviction.
- Stay away from negative vibes and people who pity your baby’s weight and development.
- Patience is the key.
- Keep a constant touch with your paediatrician for baby’s development updates.
This all really helped me throughout my journey. It is always said that parenthood doesn’t come with an instruction manual. This all suited me and my baby. It may vary from mother to mother.
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