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A common solution is to turn to the NICU unit nurses or to various lactation specialists. If you seek the advice of one, you should make sure the specialist is well versed with preemie nursing. Supporting a breastfeeding preemie mom is NOT the same as supporting a full termer..and suggestion that might work for a FT could be dangerous for a preemie.
Many of the mothers on the list responded that when they were pumping, they become almost obsessed with the amount of milk they pump..and to see this amount go down often leads to additional feelings of failure.
"I still regret not being able to keep up my supply. I would cry after leaving the pumping rooms with other moms who pumped TONS in ½ the time. " (Kerry, preemie mom)
Many times, the milk supply WILL increase to meet the babies needs once you are actually able to nurse (alas not always) but there are some things that you can do to try to increase your milk supply while you are still pumping:
1. Have your pump checked
If you are not double pumping this is something you may want to consider..The additional stimulation will help your supply increase.
2. Increase frequency of pumping
4. Medicinal preparations (Herbal and otherwise)
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