When a baby is born prematurely, every second counts. And, especially when feeding babies in the NICU, every drop of breastmilk counts. It is often impossible for a premature baby to breastfeed directly, so pumping breastmilk is the best solution. Not only does pumping breastmilk give the baby a healthy start and an injection of great micronutrients that boost immunity, strength and healing, but it also gives mom a chance to do the one thing that only she can do to support the baby, and makes her feel like she is empowered to do something to help the child have a better chance to survive, grow and thrive.
Breastfeeding is back. For years, it was not in vogue, as marketing messages were delivered to mothers and doctors minimizing the real benefits of breastmilk in favour of “superior” manmade solutions. Formula with “added” nutrients was suggested as the healthy option for a new born baby. The truth is that these added wonder nutrients have always been in breast milk, along with many other unique ingredients that only human mothers can produce.
One of the most important benefits of breastmilk is that it helps protect your baby from illness, while boosting their immune system. As most moms know, infants are especially vulnerable to disease, because their bodies’ natural defence systems have not fully developed. So, you might say that a baby’s first “line of defence” against germs and illness.
Breastmilk is one of nature’s most fascinating substances. Even though we describe breastmilk as a “perfect food,” it is really much more than that. Breastmilk serves not only as a nourishing food but also as a kind of remarkable elixir and immune-boosting liquid that almost seems to “communicate” with the baby’s body.
New moms are some of the busiest people in the world – there never seem to be enough hours in the day. Anything that a busy breastfeeding mom can do to save time is worth considering. If you have made the decision to breastfeed but know that at some point you are going to want to either return to work, exclusively pump, or anticipate the occasional time away from breastfeeding, it is worth thinking about choosing what kind of breast pump is best for your lifestyle.