Small Babies (My advice on preemies)
It depends on what you mean. Is the baby premature or is there another reason he is small? My daughter was 5 weeks premature and she weighed 4 lbs 10 oz when she was born. I can give advice on a premature baby. There are certain things to take into consideration and these are based on my experience...
-Since they're tiny, they don't have as much body fat as a full term newborn. We were told to keep hats on her and dress her warm. She was born at the end of summer in Texas, but she still got cold pretty easily.
-They sleep even more than a full term newborn. We had to set alarms for her night time feedings. We rarely woke up to a crying baby.
-They have a harder time learning to latch with breastfeeding. I really struggled with my daughter in this department. We spent quite a bit of time in the lactation consultant's office. Unfortunately, she never latched. I exclusively pumped and it was miserable. I'm glad I did it though. I know I made every effort to do what was best for her.
-Health issues. Luckily my daughter was extremely healthy. The only issue we had in the hospital was a bit of jaundice, which is common in preemies. She had to stay in the UV box for 24 hours. They're more subseptable to infections because they didn't get to develop in the womb as long as a full term baby. Their immune systems aren't as strong. We stayed at home as much as possible when our daughter was a newborn. Whenever we went anywhere, people immediately migrated to the tiny baby. Keep the germs away!
-Late Milestones. It may take a while for them to catch up to where they should be. It seemed like my daughter was late with everything...rolling over, crawling, etc.
I woke up every three hours to feed her and then pump since she was too little to latch. She didn't officially latch until she was three months old and I remember just being SO happy that I didn't have to pump through the night anymore. Unfortunately she was born in September, and this winter was the absolute worst in terms of frigid temperatures and ice. So she hasn't really seen the outside. Thankfully it's warming up! She seems to be fascinated with everything!
Now she's almost seven months and a happy, healthy little smiley girl.
Thank you for writing this!!