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Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC
Lactation Specialist

Q&A: How Do I Get Ready to Nurse?

How can I prepare to nurse my preemie when he comes home?

Let your preterm baby practice sucking at your breast whenever you visit the hospital. Keep up your milk production by pumping at least eight times each day — at least one of them at night. Research shows that the earlier a preterm baby gets to try the breast, the earlier he develops effective sucking.