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Jen, former attorney and now SAHM to 11 yo ds and 8 yo ds
Originally Posted by kondonis
Having a preemie covers a wide wide spectrum of issues that don't necessarily fit in "special needs" parenting (some preemies are just fine)
Originally Posted by crysmomofthree
This sub forum would really help promote what mothering stands for. It is really hard when your baby is hospitalized and all the nicu staff and drs don't understand that you want your baby to be healthy but also get all the benefits of natural family living, such as touch (kangarou care) breastmilk etc. It seems that most of the time the only babies who's parents are well informed of the benefits of natural family living get that type of care. In my experience it goes against the grain of a lot of the nurses and drs. There is a lot of push to get baby drinking from a bottle because generally its faster and easier which means baby leaves the nursery sooner. While it might take an extra couple days (which is forever when your baby is in there) the benefits to mom and baby are enormous if they are encouraged to breastfeed from the get go, as soon as baby is able.
Without a sub forum or dedicated area, a lot of parents of preemies don't even know that they can make the decisions for their own baby (re feeding and touch) It would be so helpful to have other parents with the same priorities as you give you hints and suggestions as to how to talk with the drs and nurses and get your families needs across
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