Breastfeeding in the NICU
Even though your baby has come early or has been unable to be fed due to illness, it is still possible to breastfeed your infant in the NICU. Breastmilk is a valuable contribution that only you can provide for your baby.
We encourage mothers to breastfeed as soon as their infants are able. If your baby is too small or too weak to nurse, we encourage mothers to pump their breasts and save the milk. We will use the milk for future feedings. An electric breast pump is available in the NICU. We will provide you with the information you will need to pump and store your breastmilk and a list of businesses that rent electric breast pumps. Insurance will often cover the cost of renting a pump while your infant is hospitalized. We respect the decision of mothers who cannot or do not wish to breastfeed. If you have a formula preference, please inform your baby's nurse.
Nebraska Medicine employs two full -time Lactation Consultants that can answer any questions you may have and provide assistance with pumping or feeding your infant. Please have your baby's nurse call:
- Lactation Consultants
Sheila Brigman, BSN, RNC-NIC, IBCLC