Breastfeeding your Premature Infant (Resources)

General breastfeeding info

Human Milk Storage (Guidelines for Premature Infants) @ kellymom>

FAQ on Breastfeeding Premature Babies from LLLI

Breastfeeding the High-Risk Newborn from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Breastfeeding the Near Term Infant by Elya Boies, MD

Breastfeeding Premature Infants Includes benefits, tips for getting started, mothers’ stories and more.

Breastfeeding Premature Babies from

Kangaroo Mother Care is the website of Dr Nils Bergman. “The purpose of this site is to promote the spread and implementation of kangaroo mother care as the standard method of care for all newborn babies, both premature and full term.”

Breastfeeding the Hospitalized Baby by Cyndi Egbert (not specific to to preemies)

When Baby Is Hospitalized by Tricia Jalbert (not specific to to preemies)

Guidelines for health care providers (also great for parents)

Nutritional Support of the Very Low Birth Weight Infant – Quality Improvement Toolkit (Revised December 2008) from the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative. “This first part of a two section Toolkit is designed to provide background information regarding the importance of nutrition and human milk in the VLBW population, and to optimize human milk production and utilization.”

Nutritional Support of the Very Low Birth Weight Infant (February 2005) from the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, by David Durand MD, William Rhine MD, Jane Morton MD, David Wirtshafter MD, Nancy E. Wight MD, IBCLC. This Toolkit has many resources for both health care professionals and parents.

Recommendations for Minimizing Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Exposure in Breastmilk-Fed Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) Preterm Infants by Nancy E. Wight MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP (February 2005)

Post-discharge nutrition for the breastfed former NICU infant by Nancy E. Wight, MD, FAAP, IBCLC

Breastfeeding a Preterm Infant after NICU Discharge: Reflections on Ryan’s Story by Paula P. Meier, R.N., DNSc, FAAN and Linda P. Brown, RN, PHD, FAAN, from Breastfeeding Abstracts, August 1997, Volume 17, Number 1, pp. 3-4.

Gaining and Growing: Assuring Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants is a virtual textbook for health care providers and parents who need to understand feeding and growth in premature infants (especially those with very low birthweight, <1500 g) after hospital discharge.

Breastfeeding the Healthy Preterm Infant </= 37 weeks is an excellent guide for health care professionals (and useful for parents too) from the British Colombia Reproductive Care Program

Furman L, Minich N, Hack M. Correlates of lactation in mothers of very low birth weight infants. Pediatrics. 2002 Apr;109(4):e57. This study discusses the factors that enhance long-term breastfeeding for very low birth weight babies.

Pumping, milk expression & supplementing

Expressing milk for your premature baby by Paula P. Meier, R.N., DNSc, FAAN.

Pumping milk for a preterm infant by Nancy E. Wight MD, FAAP, IBCLC

Establishing and maintaining milk supply when baby is not nursing

Alternate Feeding Methods

Transitioning baby from formula feeding to breastfeeding @

Effect of domperidone on milk production in mothers of premature newborns:

a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial


Mothers’ Stories

Breastfeeding Premature Infants. From La Leche League: true stories of mothers’ experiences breastfeeding premature infants.

The Premature Infant – A Mother’s Perspective by Lenore Goldfarb

Breastfeeding Premature Twins – My Story by Krista Gray, IBCLC

Allison (Premature Babies) from Friends of Breastfeeding

General (not breastfeeding related)

T-Bone’s Survival Tips for New Preemie Parents. Suggestions to help parents, family and friends cope with the birth of a premature baby.

Developmental Milestones for Premature Infants by Maureen Mulligan LaRossa, RN

Beyond Infancy: The Older Premature Child from the Emory Developmental Progress Clinic

AAFP Recommendations for Follow-up of the Premature Infant

Helpful books and videos

Reviews of books about breastfeeding premature babies from LLL

BreastmilkSolutions offers two excellent videos: “A Premie Needs His Mother: First Steps to Breastfeeding your Premature Baby” and “Breastfeeding: A Guide to Getting Started”
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