Before your baby was born, you probably dreamed about what it would be like to hold and feed her. And you may have already decided to feed your baby breastmilk or formula. But now that your baby is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), you may need to adjust your plans. Because feeding is so central to nurturing your baby, your plans and decisions are likely to be loaded with emotion for you.
Use the combination of breastmilk and formula, bottle-feeding and nursing that works best for you and your baby.
Here are some ideas for meeting the challenges of breastfeeding your baby in the NICU:
If you wanted to breastfeed but then decided not to, or are forced to give it up, you may feel disappointed. Remember that you can have a close and rewarding relationship with your bottle-fed baby. You can experience the closeness of breastfeeding by cuddling your baby against your warm skin and letting your baby observe your face. You can also continue to do kangaroo care for many months.
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners
La Leche League International
National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
State WIC Programs
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, by Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman (Prima Communications, 2000).
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, by Gwen Gotsch and Judy Torgas (Plume, 1997).
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