pumping while baby is in the hospital?
Pumping is a learned skill that takes practice. A
hospitalized baby, especially a very small one, will
probably not be taking much milk at first, so mother will
have time to learn to pump. After learning, she will have
time to increase her supply. While baby is being fed
intravenously or by tube feedings, pumping at least five to
six times in 24 hours is suggested. If more milk is needed,
mother can increase the number of pumpings to seven or eight
a day. Once baby begins nursing at the breast, pumping will
depend on how long and how strongly baby can suck.
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