Why should I have to undergo CPR and specialised training before taking my preemie home?
Premature baby doesn't mean that it is abnormal. Your baby is normal, but just needs a little extra attention from you. Try to take some time out with your partner to undergo a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course, so that, in case of an emergency you are well prepared. If possible, make the family members who are going to be around the baby also undergo the course. This training can be done at the hospital itself, before the baby's discharge.
What are the things that I need to be careful of when my preemie is home?
For the first few weeks, any contact with the outdoor world should be limited to the doctor's visit. The doctor's office can have children with infections. Try to make an early appointment in the day when it's not too crowded, or then request him to make you wait in another room and not in the common waiting area. See to it that there are not many visitors in the house or around the baby. Anyone who is ill or smokes should not be anywhere near the baby. Wash your hands before you or anyone touches the baby. It will sleep more than a full-term baby but for shorter duration. Breastfeeding is the best for a preemie and should be done 8 to 10 times a day.
Will I produce lesser amount of milk since I've given birth prematurely?
You must have heard that giving birth prematurely will lead to a lesser production of milk in the mother. Not true. The additional stress and weakness of delivering the baby before time is the reason for a slow start with milk production. Each time that the doctors use breast pumps on you, for the first few days you'll just have a few drops of milk. Don't let this discourage you because these few drops will act as medicine for your baby and help a great deal in warding off infections. After a week, mothers usually start producing sufficient amount of milk. Some studies suggest that babies who took breast milk recuperated faster than those who had formula only.