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.
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.