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

How can I prepare to nurse my preemie when he comes home?
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Lactation Specialist
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January 30, 2017
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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.

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