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Breastfeeding Your Baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Most premature babies are unable to breastfeed right away because they are not able to coordinate sucking and swallowing.

New moms who already are dealing with the stress and anxiety of having a child in the NICU may find it stressful to build their milk supply by pumping. Our board-certified lactation consultants (health care professionals trained to help mothers with breastfeeding issues) offer special help to new moms who want to provide breastmilk for their NICU babies.

Our consultants can help new moms find a quality breastpump, educate on how to pump breastmilk and offer emotional support.

The NICU has a “Mother’s Milk Lounge,” a comfortable breastmilk pumping room available to mothers. Mothers also are welcome to pump at baby’s bedside.

Find out more about our Breastfeeding Medicine Program.

Mother’s Milk Meeting

We offer a support group for new mothers whose babies are patients in the NICU, as well as expectant mothers who anticipate a NICU admission (because their baby has been diagnosed with a birth defect during pregnancy, for example). The weekly sessions offer information on breastfeeding and pumping breastmilk, feeding a NICU baby and self-care for mothers. The meetings are held every Sunday from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Valerie Goodman.

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