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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 […]

Changing the Definition of “Nursing” Your Preemie

She arrived by emergency c-section at 25 weeks. I saw her for the first time several hours later blanketed in a tangle of tubes and wires inside a plastic box. There were no tender moments. There was no mind speak between us. Just the voice in my head screaming, Run! There was no baby on my chest. Just an industrial powered machine delivered to my bedside with the instructions, Put a suction cup over each breast and let the machine pull out the milk. Or not. The machine could not do the work of my baby. My mind and body refused to cooperate, to let go, to let down. [Read more]