The Benefits of Mother's Own Milk
Premature babies who get breastmilk develop better eyesight. They also often do better on intelligence tests as they grow older.
Adding to Mother's Milk
Your milk is best, but it's not always complete with the nutritional needs of very small premature babies or some very sick newborns.
Expressing Milk for Your High-Risk Baby
You will have to remove milk from your breasts on a regular basis if you are to provide enough of your milk for your high-risk baby.
Your High-Risk Baby and Expressing Milk
Most mothers find they get more milk in less time when using a hospital-grade, electric breast pump with a double collection kit when providing milk for high-risk newborns.
Breastmilk: Pumping, Collecting, Storing
"Fresh breastmilk" contains the most active anti-infective properties. Refrigerated breastmilk has fewer anti-infective properties than fresh milk and frozen breastmilk has the least.
Milk Production and Your High-Risk Baby
A delay in the time when milk "comes in" sometimes occurs after the birth of a high-risk baby. Also, it is not unusual to experience a drop in the amount being pumped after several weeks.
Breastfeeding Your High-Risk Baby
Learning to breastfeed effectively is a process that may take days or weeks for premature and many other high-risk babies. But you and your baby can become a breastfeeding team if you are patient and persistent.