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Lactation Expertise Serves NICU Families

August 2017 Blog, Breastfeeding Comments Off on Lactation Expertise Serves NICU Families

The anticipation of a baby’s birth is an exciting time for many people. The mother-to-be is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the newest family member and has given some thought about how she will feed that child. Many mothers choose to breastfeed so that their baby can receive the numerous advantages of breastmilk. When a baby is sent to the NICU, many of the things that a mother anticipated are taken away: skin to skin holding immediately following delivery, breastfeeding early, and spending every moment getting to bond with the baby. The NICU is a frightening place and the mother sees her baby in this complex medical environment, feeling somewhat helpless. Pumping milk is the only thing that she can “do” for her baby as she watches the various caretakers provide the care that she feels she should be providing for her baby. Studies show that establishing a milk supply and eventually establishing a breastfeeding relationship helps a mother establish her role and view herself as a “good mother” which may be a factor for higher sensitivity and secure attachment to the baby. continue reading