As neonatal healthcare specialists, we strongly recommend breastmilk for your sick/premature baby. Breastmilk is considered the “best medicine”needed for optimal protection and for special growth needs.
If you plan to breastfeed, a lactation consultant will meet with you before or soon after you deliver your baby. She will answer questions, ensure that pumping has been started, and provide information on realistic expectations for breastfeeding.
Throughout your baby’s hospital stay, the lactation consultant and staff nurses will evaluate milk supply, help try to solve any problems, assist with difficult latch-on issues, answer questions, and provide discharge planning. Follow-up will also be provided after your discharge to make sure things are going smoothly. Outpatient lactation consultations are available for problems with breastfeeding or breastfeeding management.