My breastfeeding journey began kind of hectic, you could say. I had just had a c-section, effectively birthing a 26-weeker, and was whisked to a recovery room where nurses hooked me up to a breast pump and told me I had to do this now! Of course I was thankful for the sense of urgency […]
My husband was not new to being a dad when our preemie was born 3 months before her due date. In fact, as our third child and third daughter at that, he felt experienced and confident as we looked forward to her birth. That changed when we found ourselves looking at her through the barrier […]
The power of breast milk continues to amaze me. From brain development to immunoprotection, doctors and researchers continue to discover new properties that reaffirm the magic and mystery of mother’s milk. In addition to providing optimal nutrition, breast milk is especially beneficial for preterm and low birthweight babies as it reduces the incidence of Necrotizing Entercolitis (NEC), a common but potentially life-threatening complication of prematurity. [Read more]
This November, we are proud to support National Prematurity Awareness Month, which is an annual event to educate and inform people about premature birth. With over 450,000 premature births in the United States each year, the goal is for Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day (November 17th) to raise awareness and help reduce the number of premature births.
Medela is dedicated to supporting all breastfeeding moms with resources to make their breastfeeding journey easier. Families of premature babies have a unique breastfeeding experience which involves providing much-needed breast milk to their infants in the hospital.
Medela asked preemie moms what questions they have about providing breast milk to their premature babies, and teamed up with Hand to Hold to provide their expert guidance to answer the 10 most common questions we received. [Read more]
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]