It’s that time of year again when perhaps our waist bands are feeling a little tighter and when New Year resolutions sounding food and drink are made and broken.
And… it’s that time of year again when The Smallest Things will be discussing all things surrounding feeding a premature baby in NICU. From expressing to NG feeding; mls and hours; suck reflex and breast feeding – we’ll be looking at everything!
Did you know – a baby develops their suck reflex in the womb at around 34 week’s gestation?
So, for babies born before 34 weeks gestation many are feed via a nasogatric (NG) tube (a fine tube passed through the nose and into a baby’s tummy).
Did you know – mothers express for their babies in NICU on a 3 hourly cycle? Neonatal units have ‘expressing rooms’ where mothers gather to pump milk for their babies and sterilise expressing equipment. Some mothers have a plentiful supply of milk, whilst other mothers can find establishing milk supply difficult – often due to the stress and environment of the neonatal unit or recovery following birth trauma.
Expressed milk can be given to babies via their NG tubes and many mothers remember the first time they see their baby having their expressed breast milk.
Did you know – Expressing mothers set their alarm at night to continue expressing on a 3 hourly cycle; getting up throughout the night to feed a baby who is not with them and perhaps they have not yet held.
Establishing feeding – breast, bottle, expressed or formula in neonatal care can be a difficult journey and through our stories and experiences we hope to shine a light on the NICU world and offer hope to those embarking on this journey.
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