Support in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Congratulations on the birth of your baby. We are here to support you, and provide your breast milk for your baby. Each room in the NICU has a breast pump for you to use while you are here.
Inpatient Breastfeeding Support
We have a team of highly trained board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) and certified lactation counselors (CLC) who also have experience with fragile babies in the NICU as registered nurses (RN). A lactation consultant will be available in the NICU 7 days a week, from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
To reach an inpatient lactation consultant, ask your nurse to page “Lactation”.
We also offer consultations for mothers/parents for whom things aren’t going according to plan. We can discuss medications, low milk supply, and other things that may be getting in the way of your goals. Review the Your Inpatient Breastfeeding Medicine Consult handout for more details.
Providing breast milk for your fragile infant is especially important. Visit the Healthy Children website for more information (Spanish version).
Hand Expression and Pumping Information and Tips
Tips for Cleaning Your Pump
- Wash your pump supplies with hot soapy water.
- Be sure to remove the part that touches your breast (flange), the yellow piece, and the white flapper piece each time.
Outpatient Breastfeeding Support - Before and After Birth
Having a baby is an exciting time, but sometimes when you are expecting a high-risk delivery you may need an extra plan, or after discharge from the NICU you may need extra support. Meeting with a lactation consultant or a doctor specializing in breastfeeding can help to answer your questions and work through problems that come up.
We have pump supplies, tips, and tricks. Ask to speak with your lactation consultant!
Visit our Resources and Support page for links to more breastfeeding information.