Can I breastfeed my baby in the nicu?

Nutrition. Most NICUs will encourage breastfeeding in the NICU, and may help you to store the milk for use in the NICU. This is a very good formula for the baby and your neonatologist may add supplemental calories to boost calories.
Typically. They will want you to pump and use your milk if the the child cannot be nursed.

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Can I breastfeed while my baby is in the nicu?

Yes. As long as your baby has a good suck and can latch on well during their nicu stay, the nurses and doctors can help you breastfeed your baby. Read more...
Yes. Breastmilk is great for all babies, but premature babies especially need the added immunity and antibodies transferred via breastmilk. Sometimes they are too young to have a coordinated suck at the breast and need to be syringe fed- but you can still pump and give them the breastmilk. Talk to your nicu and let them know you would like to nurse as soon as possible. It is important bonding time. Read more...

Can I breast-feed my premature baby in the nicu?

Typically. They will want you to pump and use your milk if the the child cannot be nursed. Read more...
Pumping or feeding. I agree that this is the preferred nutrition for the baby. If your baby requires added calories, a supplement may be added to the pumped milk to boost calories. Nasal feedings are used sometimes, and it really depends on the situation. The goal is to have the baby gain weight which helps to offset the effects of being born prematurely. Read more...