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How to Support a Breastfeeding Mom in the NICU

In a recent study published in the Journal of Human Lactation, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia set out to understand what breastfeeding means to NICU moms. What they learned is that the term “breastfeeding” doesn’t necessarily have to mean putting the baby to breast. No matter if a NICU mom choses to feed her […]

4 Lessons on Breastfeeding in the NICU

Breastfeeding in the NICU is a daunting task, but it can also be an amazing achievement. When we entered the NICU at 27 weeks and 6 days, I knew there was very little I could do to care for our newborn. Yet, there was one thing I knew could do more than any doctor or […]

When Breastfeeding Fails

I had never, ever thought about breastfeeding and really wanted no part of it.  I was okay with formula feeding since I had seen my niece and nephew thrive just fine on formula feeds. As I learned that I was having twins and that they were probably going to be arriving earlier than 40 weeks, I […]

When All Else Fails: A Breastfeeding Story

Our daughter was gaining weight and doing fine, but I had dark circles under my eyes and felt overwhelmed. My doctor suggested I wind down the pumping and feed our daughter formula. I felt like a breastfeeding drop out, but she did fine, and I found the energy I had been missing. I am not suggesting this is right for everyone, but it worked for us. [Read more]

Trust the Process: Breastfeeding Preemie Twins

Once home, I suffered the same breastfeeding struggles many women face, including most preemie moms, only there were two of them: Are they eating enough? Why are they eating so often? Why do both of them seem to prefer the left boob? Granted in the NICU I had nicknamed that one “The Big Producer,” but that is neither here nor there.

As I lamented my frustrations to my moms of multiples group forum, one piece of advice came up again and again:

“Trust the process.” [Read more]