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When should I call my doctor about feeding issues with my preterm baby?

Call your baby’s doctor, or your lactation consultant, in these situations:
  • if your baby is eating fewer than eight times every 24 hours
  • if your baby is not having at least six wet diapers every 24 hours
  • if, by day four after birth, your baby is having fewer than four yellow stools (messy diapers) every 24 hours
  • if your baby is becoming increasingly yellow (jaundiced), especially below the belly button, on the soles of the feet and in the whites of the eyes
  • if your baby is not gaining at least 8 ounces (½ pound) every week

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