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Old 11-22-2012, 10:36 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by chmom77

This probably won't be allowed for a few weeks. While skin-to-skin kangaroo care is encouraged, allowing baby to get his mouth on the nipples right now could be dangerous. Babies born this early cannot coordinate suck-swallow-breathe all at the same time and allowing them to try too early can lead to breathing problems. Typically the coordination to do these things together comes around 34-35 weeks. FWIW, I was allowed to start trying with my twins at 33 weeks gestational age. My DS latched on immediately and had no problems nursing and breathing together. My DD2 still wasn't ready. She didn't latch on at all until 34 weeks and even then she had breathing & heart rate problems while eating.
That makes sense. :-)
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