University of Colorado Health
Contact Us Directions Employees Physicians
Poudre Valley Health System Guests and Visitors Hospitals and Clinics Community UCHealth Jobs Classes and Events Foundation and Volunteers Health library
Facebook Twitter YouTube Flickr
At a Glance
All Services
Medical clinics
Conditions we treat
Download our app
UC Health news

Women and Family Care

Late Preterm Infant

Late preterm infants have special needs. If your baby is born at 34 to 36 weeks, your baby didn't have all the time she needed to grow and mature. She may experience some challenges in the following areas:


Your baby's lungs may not be fully developed and she may not breathe well. Because her brain is immature, she may forget to breathe at times (apnea).


Late preterm babies may have a weak suck and swallow and may not feed well at first. They may not awaken for feedings or give cues when they are hungry. Good feeding is important for growth, normal levels of blood sugar and hydration. Colostrum and breast milk are specially designed to keep your baby healthy. You will receive extra help from your nurse and a certified lactation counselor to learn how to successfully breastfeed. Your baby's suck may not be strong enough to stimulate your milk to come in. Pumping your breasts after feedings will help. A plentiful milk supply will make it easier for your late preterm baby to breastfeed.


Your baby is probably small and has little fat stored up. Because of this, she may get cold and burn too many calories trying to stay warm. She will need her temperature checked regularly during her hospitalization.


Your baby has an immature immune system, placing her at greater risk for infection. Early symptoms of infection may include difficulty with breathing or feeding, poor temperature control or decreased energy levels.


Jaundice is when the eyes and skin become yellow from a build up of bilirubin. Bilirubin is processed by the liver and then removed from the body by the intestines. Late preterm babies have immature livers and are more likely to have jaundice. Poor feeding can make bilirubin increase. A high bilirubin can lead to serious complications if not found and treated early. We will be watching your baby closely.

For more information about caring for a late pre-term baby, you may review our patient education materials for babies born at 34 to 35 weeks or 36 weeks gestation.

About Us
FAQ: Hepatitis C
PVHS-UCH partnership
Be a smart patient
About PVHS
Contact Us
Mission, Vision and Values
Charity Care
Communities We Serve
Baldrige National Quality Award
Nonprofit Status
Center for Performance Excellence
Joint Ventures
Report a Problem
To Report a Problem to the Joint Commission
Institutional Review Board

Awards and Recognition

University of Colorado Health employees dedicate themselves to providing patients and other customers with world-class care and service. Outside organizations recognize that, calling University of Colorado Health's hospitals some of the best in Colorado and even the best in the nation. Some of those accolades are listed below:



University of Colorado Health
Fort Collins, Colorado


© 2014 Poudre Valley Health System
Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Site Map
University of Colorado Health