Breastfeeding In The NICU: Premies and Multiples
Breastfeeding in the NICU? Breastfeeding twins (or more)? It can be done!
Yes, you could give your baby formula- but that puts him at the risk of many different diseases. Including necrotizing enterocolitis which can be deadly to preterm infants.
Yes you could give him donor milk- but donor milk is in short supply and lacks many of the customized factors that give your baby immunity to the pathogens around him.
You could breastfeed your baby.
Plain and simple.
Breastfeeding your own baby is the easier, faster, less expensive, healthier and more fun feeding option! (Yes, you heard me- FUN! With the troubleshooting tools in this class, you can have a much happier breastfeeding experience!)
Did you know that your milk will adapt itself to meet the nutritional and immunity needs of your premature baby (or babies)? If you have a premature baby, you may have been told that there are bigger things to worry about than breastfeeding. But the fact is that only a mother can provide the customized protection immunity that is the best option of all.
There is one thing that your baby needs that no doctor or biotechnology company can provide... breastmilk from YOU.
Your baby needs your milk as much (if not more) than any other baby.
So exhale. You are in the right place!
"I liked how you said it would be hard at first for preemie babies to latch. I wish I’d known that. I’ve always kind of felt like everyone expected it to work right away. No one told me it might be tricky at first."
- Valerie, Idaho
Breastfeeding in the NICU is rough- I know I've been there. But your milk is the very best food and medicine for your baby and that's why I put together a course just for moms of NICU babies. Breastfeeding in the NICU: Premies and Twins is the first breastfeeding class designed specifically to help moms of premature babies and multiples with breastfeeding.
I will level with you about the available research on breastfeeding. I won’t gloss over the potential problems that come up. And by doing so, you'll be better prepared to enjoy breastfeeding. This class will include information on:
- Getting started after a c-section- planned or emergency.
- Supply concerns.
- Pumping and storing milk.
- Gavage feeding and supplementary nursing systems.
- Troubleshooting after the baby comes home.
This class is designed to see you through the NICU into the toddler years and includes a HUGE section on troubleshooting so that if a problem comes up, you will empowered instead of panicked.
Looking for a scholarship? I offer quarter, half, and three-quarter scholarships. Email me at birthmultiverse (at) gmail (dot) com to get started!
I have my Breastfeeding Educator Certification through Birth Arts International. I am completing my Masters in Public Health with a focus on maternal and child health issues and will soon be a certified childbirth educator.
I love having the science background on birth and breastfeeding as well as the holistic side. I feel like it allows me to see things from different angles and find better solutions to problems.
My philosophy is comprehensive breastfeeding education. That means that I will level with you about the available research on breastfeeding. I won’t gloss over the potential problems that come up.
I wanted to teach online because it allows me to reach more women more effectively.
StartSection 1-1 A Formula vs. Breastmilk (4:31)
StartSection 1-1 B Formula vs. Breastmilk continued (8:04)
StartSection 1-2 Breastfeeding and Disease Prevention (9:45)
StartSection 1-3 Economic Benefits (2:00)
StartSection 1-4 Other Benefits (4:19)
StartSection 1-5 But What Do The Critics Say? (6:47)
StartBreastfeeding Benefits for Mothers
StartBreastfeeding Benefits for Babies
StartSection 3-1 A Problems (7:53)
StartSection 3-1 B Problems Continued (3:15)
StartSection 3-2 More Problems (5:32)
StartSection 3-3 How do I know if my baby is getting enough? (2:36)
StartSection 3-4 Breastfeeding Holds (3:23)
StartSection 3-5 Other Helpful Hints (9:30)
StartBabies and Sleep
StartBenefits of Early Feeding
StartIs My Baby Getting Enough Milk?
StartNutrition For Breastfeeding
StartSkin-to-Skin Contact and C-Sections Article
StartCo-sleeping: The Controversy and the Facts
Frequently Asked Questions
"The doctors told me that they didn't think she would make it. But I was making lots of milk, so I just kept pumping and bringing it to the hospital."- Mom of a premie born at 22 weeks gestation (who is now a healthy teen).
Breastfeeding can literally save a premature baby's life. Nothing can match your milk when it comes to providing your baby with the best chance at fighting diseases. The skin-to-skin contact also helps premies thrive. Premature babies need extra help with nursing, but it is so worth it in the long run! You don't have to go it alone. This class can help you navigate the ups and downs of breastfeeding in the NICU.