Hand to Hold's Official Blog: Written by Parents for Parents

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]

Pumping Up Your Bond

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and for us preemie moms, that can be a bit of a sore spot. Here are some of my tips on how to connect with your baby while you’re in the pumping journey (however long). [Read more]