Celebrating Lactation in the NICU.
World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August gave us reasons to elevate the conversation about breastfeeding and mothers’ own milk as key ingredients for healthy infants and children. These lactation celebrations are a great reminder that “breastfeeding” can look different from family to family. While we typically see breastfeeding images that feature a mom cradling a baby to feed, the reality is that lactation can take many different forms depending on the mother and the baby’s unique circumstances.
For infants who are medically unstable or premature, direct breastfeeding may not be a good fit for meeting their nutritional needs. If you’re a NICU parent, that means breastfeeding – or parenthood in general, for that matter – may not look exactly as you envisioned it would.