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Breastfeeding in the NICU: Advice from a Lactation Consultant

Lactation consultants understand first-hand how crucial breastfeeding is to premature babies. They also know the challenges mothers face and how much support is needed during this time for both mom and baby. We interviewed Kay Needles-Gregorio, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and NICU nurse at St. David’s Medical Center, to help identify some of […]

Meet the Professional: What Does a Lactation Consultant Do?

Before your baby was born, you might have dreamed about what your parenting style might be and what it would feel like to hold your little one. You may have already decided your preference on feeding your baby breast milk or formula. Now your baby is in the NICU or may have arrived home, and […]

The Sky is the Limit: Breastfeeding a Vent-Dependent NICU baby

While on three-day hospital bed rest with PPROM, I researched what was required to create a breast milk supply under these circumstances: our son was going to be an extremely low birth weight, premature, and sick baby. He would be separated from me at birth, untouchable for days, possibly weeks. I read that pumping within […]

NICU Heroes Award Recognizes Great Acts of Compassion

My husband and I were taken by surprise when our daughter was born early and gasping for breath. They whisked her quickly away to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a place I had never fathomed we would be.  This was the very place where our daughter received the surfactant for her lungs and where nurses helped us […]

NICU Moms Benefit from More Breastfeeding Support

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month. It may seem odd to some that we need a designated month to promote something as natural as breastfeeding. But the truth is, breastfeeding is not always easy nor does it always feel natural. From low milk supply to engorgement, plugged ducts and mastitis, new moms can face many challenges […]