Feb 01

Your Baby Needs Your Milk

All babies need their mother’s milk, but preemies and infants who are ill benefit even more from it. Your milk has more than 600 biological factors that can contribute to better health for your baby. Breastmilk contains brain-boosting and nutritious fats, sugar and protein to jumpstart growth, and hormones that... read more →
Feb 01

Making Milk For Your NICU Baby

Basic Rules Of Pumping Start pumping right away! Pumping within the first hour is the best, try to do it as soon as you can after baby is born. You can use either an electric pump or hand expression to stimulate your milk. The first days after birth and when... read more →
Feb 01

Skin-To-Skin Time Helps Parents And Baby

We recommend that you hold your baby skin-to-skin every day throughout your baby’s NICU stay for at least an hour at a time- but the longer the better. Having direct skin-to-skin time with your baby provides benefits to both you, your partner and your baby in the following ways: Skin-to-skin... read more →
Feb 01

How To Make Milk

Your body starts making first milk (colostrum) immediately after delivery, so if you don’t start breast stimulation right away your body thinks there is no baby to feed. Because of this, it is very important to send your body the message to make milk. Without stimulation your milk will either... read more →
Feb 01

Cleaning Pumping Equipment

How Do I Keep My Pump Clean? After each pump session clean all pump parts that have been in contact with milk. Use hot water and soap, or the dishwasher after every use. Dry pump parts with a clean dry paper towel, then leave to completely dry and store in a plastic... read more →
Feb 01

NICU Milk Storage

Mother nature never intended milk to be pumped and frozen, so we have to do our best to keep milk quality as high as possible. Remember that fresh milk has live cells and special fat globules that are easy for your baby to digest. Freezing milk kills these cells, and... read more →
Feb 01

Common Pumping Questions

What If Pumping Feels Uncomfortable? If pumping hurts or your nipple doesn’t move easily inside the plastic flange, ask for help. You may need a different size flange or may be able to reduce the friction by lubricating the flange with a little milk, lanolin, coconut oil or olive oil.... read more →
Feb 01

Helping Baby Learn To Breastfeed

Breastfeeding a baby who was born sick or premature is a reward for all your hard work and such a benefit for baby. It will take time for your baby to learn to breastfeed, especially if they have been sick, or had a lot of tubes in their mouth to... read more →