|By: Mary Honma and JC Diamond|
What resources are available to mothers who want to breastfeed their premature babies? Your first sources for help will be the NICU nurses and possibly hospital lactation consultants. In this column, we list books, support groups, and information available on the Internet on breastfeeding preemies.
Three books that are generally available in most bookstores:
Note: when contacting these groups with questions it is useful to inquire if the leaders have experience with working with preemies. Also, individual chapters may be more or less supportive and knowledgeable about problems associated with breastfeeding preemies (i.e. prolonged pumping without nursing, limited milk supply).
The oldest and best-known breastfeeding support group in the United States (now international). La Leche League International, an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All breastfeeding mothers, as well as future breastfeeding mothers, are welcome to come to our free meetings or call our Leaders for breastfeeding help. We also provide health care professionals with continuing education opportunities and the latest research on lactation management.
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