Breastfeeding is the biological norm for feeding babies. When your baby is born early, you may wonder if you can breastfeed or you may encounter issues with breastfeeding, particularly if you need to pump. The good news is, breast milk is still the healthiest thing you can give your premature infant. It's so amazing that it knows what point in gestation your pregnancy ended and the milk is different than had your baby been full term. Think of it as your body's way of making sure your baby has just what he or she needs.
That said, you may have many questions about breastfeeding a premature baby or even how to go about getting started. Here are some links to help you get started:
- Benefits of Breastfeeding a Preemie
- Tips for Breastfeeding a Preemie
- Increasing Your Milk Supply While Pumping
- Choosing the Right Breast Shield
- How Much Should I Pump?
- Herbs & Medicine for Increasing Your Milk Supply
- Using Hands-On Pumping
Some of the issues that you may encounter may be issues that revolve around pumping. You might want to know what type of breast pump to use, how often to pump or even how to store your breast milk. Other mothers have been there and can share their advice with you, like that above. You may also want to know about getting your baby to the breast after finger feeding, bottle feeding or using a supplemental nursing system (SNS).