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Breastfeeding Your High-Risk Newborn

  • Adding to Mother's Milk
    Although your milk is best, it is not always complete with the nutritional needs of very small premature babies or some very sick newborns.
  • Breast Milk: Pumping, Collecting, Storing
    "Fresh breast milk" contains the most active anti-infective properties. Refrigerated breast milk has fewer anti-infective properties than fresh milk and frozen breast milk has the least.
  • Delayed or Not Enough Milk Production
    A delay in the time when milk "comes in" sometimes occurs after the birth of a high-risk baby. Also, it is not unusual to experience a drop in the amount being pumped after several weeks.
  • Milk Expression
    You will have to remove milk from your breasts on a regular basis if you are to provide enough of your milk for your high-risk baby.
  • Milk Expression Techniques
    Most mothers find they get more milk in less time when using a hospital-grade, electric breast pump with a double collection kit when providing milk for high-risk newborns.
  • Moving Toward Breastfeeding
    Learning to breastfeed effectively is a process that may take days or weeks for premature and many other high-risk babies. But you and your baby can become a breastfeeding team if you are patient and persistent.
  • The Benefits of Mother's Own Milk
    Premature babies who receive their own mothers' milk develop better eye function. They, and other high-risk babies fed mothers' milk, usually perform better on different kinds of intelligence tests as they grow older.