Today, let's look more at Step 5 of the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, stating "Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants."
I have a good friend who recently delivered a premature infant who was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). One of my first lactation questions for her was about pumping. How soon does your hospital or birthing facility policy recommend for getting mothers pumping in such a situation? Of course, I was so very pleased to hear that the nurses had her pumping within 6 hours of the delivery!
How would you handle a delivery where the infant is admitted to the NICU and the delivering parent is medically unstable? When should pumping begin for this parent? Can the nurses or lactation consultants teach the other partner or support person to perform regular pumping during this critical period?
I'm especially looking forward to hearing from those from outside of the United States.
Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, RN, IBCLC, FILCA CHC
Professional Development Educator
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