Aliza. Age: 20.
Alternatively, the doctors may decide that they are mature enough to take milk through a small tube that is passed through the nose into the stomach. Breast milk is the best choice for your baby. If you are making milk and your baby is strong enough to suckle, you will be encouraged to breastfeed.
Hayley. Age: 27.
Expressing breast milk for a premature or ill baby
Breast milk provides important health benefits for premature babies, so whether you decide to express milk for a short time or breastfeed for several months, your milk will be an important part of your baby's treatment plan. The extra stress, discomfort, and fatigue that come with the birth of a preemie can cause a slow start with milk production, but this slow start usually gives way to an adequate milk supply by the fifth or sixth day after birth. Answers to the following common questions will help you get started with milk expression for your premature baby.
Dallas. Age: 24.
A serious pregnancy complication sent first-time mom Missy Boss into an emergency cesarean section; by the time she delivered, her blood pressure was at pre-stroke levels. In the 56 hours after coming home from the hospital with her son, Boss never slept. Missy decided to give it a try. Exclusive pumping—feeding your baby only breast milk, only from a bottle—is traditionally the territory of mothers whose babies are in the neonatal intensive care unit or otherwise medically unable to suckle directly at the breast.