FAQ: How can my NICU baby be given breastmilk?
Babies are admitted in NICU for a variety of reasons. In most cases, there is a separation of the mother and the baby. In some cases, the mother might be able to visit the baby. And in some fortunate cases, the mother might be able to stay at the facility and can stay available to breastfeed the baby at all hours.
However, in this article, we will address the issue of mothers who cannot directly breastfeed their baby while the baby is admitted in the NICU. At the end, there are pointers to start direct breastfeeding.
Establishing and maintaining the milk supply :
Techniques for improving Output :
Techniques to cope with the overwhelmingness of the situation :
Tips for breastfeeding once the baby is able to and/or allowed to latch :
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