Q&A: Breastfeeding in the NICU?

If my baby has to go to the NICU, how can I make sure I'll be able to breastfeed?
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By Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC, Lactation Specialist
Updated January 30, 2017
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Most NICUs not only allow mothers to come in and care for their babies, but they also encourage it. Research very clearly shows that human milk is very important for ill or preterm babies. Most NICU doctors and nurses know this and will support you in breastfeeding or pumping milk for your baby. And unless there is a clear medical need for some other food, you certainly can instruct them to only feed your baby your milk.

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