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Feeding a baby with a heart conditionFFeeding a baby with a heart conditionFeeding a baby with a heart conditionEnglishCardiologyChild (0-12 years)HeartCardiovascular systemConditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2018-06-05T04:00:00ZJoyce Touw;Debbie Stone11.000000000000051.00000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about feeding a baby with a heart condition. It is best to breastfeed, but if you cannot, you can express your breast milk to keep up your milk volume.<br></p><p> This page explains how to best feed babies with heart conditions.</p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li>It is easier for babies with heart conditions to suck, swallow, and breathe when breastfeeding than bottle feeding.</li> <li>It is important that a mother maintain a normal breast milk volume.</li></ul>
Alimentation d’un bébé atteint de cardiopathieAAlimentation d’un bébé atteint de cardiopathieFeeding a Baby with a Heart ConditionFrenchCardiologyChild (0-12 years)HeartCardiovascular systemConditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2010-01-15T05:00:00ZJoyce TouwDebbie Stone11.000000000000051.00000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Lisez les renseignements au sujet de l’allaitement d’un bébé atteint d’une cardiopathie. L’allaitement est idéal, mais si ce n’est pas possible, vous pouvez tirer votre lait maternel pour maintenir votre volume de lait.</p><p>Cette page explique les meilleures techniques d’allaitement des bébés atteints d’une cardiopathie.</p><h2> À retenir </h2> <ul><li>En comparaison avec un biberon, il est plus facile pour les bébés atteints d’une cardiopathie de sucer, d’avaler et de respirer lors de l’allaitement.</li> <li> Il est important qu’une mère maintienne un volume de lait maternel normal. </li></ul>

 

 

Feeding a baby with a heart condition1684.00000000000Feeding a baby with a heart conditionFeeding a baby with a heart conditionFEnglishCardiologyChild (0-12 years)HeartCardiovascular systemConditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2018-06-05T04:00:00ZJoyce Touw;Debbie Stone11.000000000000051.00000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about feeding a baby with a heart condition. It is best to breastfeed, but if you cannot, you can express your breast milk to keep up your milk volume.<br></p><p> This page explains how to best feed babies with heart conditions.</p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li>It is easier for babies with heart conditions to suck, swallow, and breathe when breastfeeding than bottle feeding.</li> <li>It is important that a mother maintain a normal breast milk volume.</li></ul><h2>Breastfeeding a baby with a heart condition</h2><p>If you are concerned about <a href="/Article?contentid=1971&language=English">breastfeeding your baby in hospital</a> because they have a heart condition, don't be. It is perfectly okay to breastfeed and in fact it even offers advantages over bottle feeding, in addition to the well-known nutritional benefits of breast milk. It's easier for babies with heart conditions to suck, swallow, and breathe when breastfeeding than bottle feeding, since it happens more naturally. It allows them to take in more oxygen and contributes to a more normal heart rate. It is important that a mother maintain a normal breast milk volume.</p><p>Depending on your baby's condition, you may need to speak to a lactation consultant or your baby’s nurse about how best to hold them, both for your baby's comfort and to be mindful of any healing considerations after surgery. Lactation consultants or breastfeeding support nurses are available at most hospitals and they can address any particular breastfeeding concerns you may have. </p><h2>Expressing milk for a baby with a heart condition</h2><p>Your baby may not be well enough to feed from your breast. Or, if a diagnosis of congenital heart disease is made shortly after birth, and your baby needs immediate treatment, your baby may not be able to start nursing right after delivery. In this case, <a href="/Article?contentid=1845&language=English">express (pump)​</a> your breast milk about every three hours with a hospital-approved breast pump to establish and maintain a normal breast milk supply.</p><h2>Bottle feeding a baby with a heart condition</h2><p>Some babies with heart conditions struggle when feeding from a bottle. There are some slow flow bottle nipples available which can help ease the problem. The nurse or an occupational therapist can help address any bottle feeding concerns you may have.</p><h3>Medication and bottle feeding</h3><p>If you have to regularly give your baby medication by syringe, generally it's best to do so before feedings. It's not a good idea to mix the medication into the formula because the baby may not consume the entire serving. ​</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/feeding_a_baby_with_a_heart_condition.jpgFeeding a baby with a heart conditionFalse

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