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Breast feeding does not always work

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 20 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:754
  1. Jenny Bennison, general practitioner
  1. Edinburgh

I was 38 weeks pregnant and had finished my last surgery earlier the previous day. At 4 am I was admitted to hospital and less than an hour later Sapphire had arrived. Her Apgar scores were 9 and we had a memorable hour on our own with this alert and happy little person. Her birth weight was 2450 g but her blood sugars were fine, and I made sure that she received only my colostrum.

Sapphire came home after 48 hours. By now she was beautiful, although beginning to turn yellow, and at home she seemed particularly small …

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