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Curious about pumping for a NICU baby

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I'd like to ask about this at my next breastfeeding committee meeting to see what our NICU does.  I'm wondering about moms who pump and bring milk for their baby in NICU.  If the mom is only pumping, does the baby get fed a bottle like a breastfed baby?

by on Apr. 30, 2013 at 8:54 PM
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by on Apr. 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM

I used a syringe with my colostrum in it.  Nursed first then gave her that then pumped and saved for the next feeding.  I was kind of in a different boat since she was a preemie borderline NICU so she roomed in with me but we were checked every hour to two hours.

by on May. 1, 2013 at 2:10 AM

The NICU DS2 was at provided mamas Medela collection bottles that are 2 ounces.  Because this NICU fed on demand, if my son required more than 2 ounces, they'd provide it.  (This was at a Baby Friendly hosptial).  They had disposable nipples that would screw directly onto the Medela bottle, and then everything would be thrown away after each feeding...  Not sure if this is standard at all hospitals, but it made me feel good that everything was completely sterile--no handwashing of bottles, nipples, etc.

by on May. 1, 2013 at 7:12 AM
Then no. They wanted me to have the bottle straight up and down so it would come out fast because if he did not "finish" then they would put the rest of his bottle down his feeding tube.

Quoting MamaToCollin:

I guess I'm wondering if a baby, who is getting breast milk by bottle only, is fed the same way a breastfed baby would. As in, baby upright, bottle parallel to the floor, no bottles larger than 3 oz.

Quoting MommyO2-6631:

Mine did not and they also insisted his breast milk be mixed with enfacare formula. They gave it to him without discussing it with me first.


Are you asking if he was fed a bottle the way a breastfed baby should be fed a bottle or if they fed him by bottle or by an alternative?

by on May. 1, 2013 at 7:20 AM
Mine did. They even had a form you had to fill out and get approval from your main pediatrician in charge if you wanted to give formula. They had pumping rooms available and provided all of the bottles, pumps and baggies. My son was moved to a NICU at a specialist pediatric hospital the night he was born and he was there 13 days for a rare blood disorder.

He's 4 now and amazing :)
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