Pumping for Micropreemie | Lactation Essentials

Disclaimer: My experience is my own and of course is not meant to replace or serve as medical advice, but only my opinion. As always, discuss your personal situation with your doctors.

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When the nurse asked me at the hospital if I was planning to nurse the baby or not, I was a bit confused.

Can I plan to nurse my micropreemie?

How could I possibly nurse a baby that fits in the palm of my hand and who is confined to an iselotte with countless montinors hooked up to him? Thankfully, I was surprised to learn that of course I could pump milk for my micrpreemie and tube feed him mamas milk per the interim until he was capable of latching to breast and feeding on his own. I had definitely envisioned nursing our third baby and was greatly looking forward to that bonding time. I also needed a mission of sorts to give me a feeling of purpose and helfullness so my answer was a quick definitive Yes!.

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  • That same day I asked hubby to get me some Fennugreek to get my milk to come in ASAP.

  • I ordered Milk Rich and Happy Ducts from wishgarden herbs. I have a history of reccurent clogged ducts so I made sure to protect myself agaisnt that right away. Happy Ducts was a life saver with my first born.

  • A Lactation consultant came by a few hours later and gifted me collustrum bottles and other pumping essentials to get started right away.

  • That night I set an alarm for every 3-4 hours and got pumping with the madela symphony available at the hospital. About a month later, I switched to Willow pump so that I could pump in the car to and from the nicu. (I will review this pump in a later post)

  • I also made sure to take advantage of the hospital menu items and had oatmeal and beef/chicken broth everyday I was there.

Stay strong nicu mama! Exclusive pumping is hard work but it is possible and rewarding. Read my entire series of posts on pumping for micropreemie | Lactation Essentials | Focus on Preemie | Miracle Medicine | Homestretch | Final Notes

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Lizette

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