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Breastfeeding, although it may be more challenging with a preemie, is one great thing you can do to help your little guy or gal get off to the best start. Breastfeeding provides the perfect nutrition for a premature infant because your breast milk automatically adapts to your baby’s needs; something formula just can’t do. This is so important for a premature baby because
Excellent article - I strongly encourage all moms of babies in the NICU to hang in there and not give up hope on establishing a successful breastfeeding relationship - my 30-weeker spent 6 weeks in the NICU and was either tube fed or bottlefed breastmilk that whole time, but came home and was able to switch to exclusive nursing with no ill effects or nipple confusion. We went on to have a 26-month nursing relationship! I am forever grateful for that.
My twins were born at 32 wks and went on exclusive breastmilk from the time they were 2 days old. For a mom who has a preemie (or two), breastfeeding can be the most empowering thing, because you are giving your baby a gift only you can! It's hard continuing to bf when the preemies come home, because they need so many extra feedings, but it is sooooo worth it!
my twins were born at 29 weeks. I pumped for 3 months, then my supply just ran out. Definitely set an alarm and pump at night, and pump as often as you can. Pumping isn't easy, Kudos to any mama that does it for any length of time!
This is a great article. One of the most helpful that I have read on the topic. I am more interested in how to breastfeed a nicu/preemie when they come home. How to go from exclusive bottle feeding of expressed milk to exclusive breastfeeding and what to expect with that.
After your baby came home and began nursing did your supply change? Im going through the same thing and my supply has decreased. I was producing more than she needed and now seemingly enough which is less. im worried I might continue to decrease and run out.