According to the literature, newborns delivered at the end of the 33rd week of gestation do not have a fully mature sucking reflex, whereas newborns delivered after the 33rd week of gestation have a mature sucking reflex. Among the studied groups, almost 84,0% ofpre-mature infants had a developed sucking reflex, while 86,0% ofpre-mature babies in both group possessed a developed swallowing reflex. Worth noting is that 67,9% of infants from group I and 82,5% from group II were born in good state according to the Apgar Scale, which may explain their ability to be breastfed. Neverthless none of the pre-mature infants, possessing developed sucking and swallowing reflexes, were breast-feed in the delivery room. During hospitalization, 68,0% ofinfants from group I and 72,0% ofinfants from group II undertook breast-feeding. In both groups 82,0% of the premature infants born after the 33rd week of pregnancy were breast-feed in obstetric department. Almost all children born before the 33 week of pregnancy were artificially fed.

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

For many years, scientists have been playing out the ingredients that make breast milk the perfect food for babies. They've discovered to day over 200 close compounds to fight infection, help the immune system mature, aid in digestion, and support brain growth - nature made properties that science simply cannot copy. The important long term benefits of breast feeding include reduced risk of asthma, allergies, obesity, and some forms of childhood cancer. The more that scientists continue to learn, the better breast milk looks.

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