Originally Posted by ekblad9
A friend of mine had a baby on Monday but he has been in the NICU (recieving only IV fluids) since then. She has been pumping every few hours and labeling/numbering the containters. She knows she has to give the colostrum first but does it matter what order the milk goes into baby after that? Is there special stuff in the milk beyond the colostrum stages? He'll be getting around 5ml at a time starting today. Also, what is the best way to warm the milk w/out ruining everything in it (esp. the colostrum). I've had 18 years experience in breastfeeding but little to no experience in pumping so I'm no help to her!! Thanks in advance!!
someone from my ddc 4 years back alerted me to this, so here I am!!!
I had a nicu baby in 2/06 and was in the 6/06 ddc. So an early baby, I too started pumping right away after she was born. I didnt get anything the first or second time I pumped, but 48 hours after, I had 7 little bottles of colustrum.
Can I suggest freezing the milk in 1/4 cup amounts for a while and then in 4 oz amounts. The baby when getting milk will only get 1-20 cc's of milk at first and they will take it slowly.
If she is pumping around the clock like I did, GET A HOSPITAL GRADE PUMP. the pump n style is fine for a few pumpings a day, but it will cut your production in half within 2-4 weeks.
Pump around the clock every four hours and for 15 minutes only. You can rest at night for 6 hours but pump right after.
if need be, pm me and I can go from there...
Label each and every pumping by date and time of day you pumped it. Your early in the morning pumping has less calories and they will want to use it over time not all at once.