Formerly titled "NICU Nutrition Services". The IWK Health Centre's NICU has a Breast Milk Preparation room and a system for tracking breast milk. Every mother and baby is given a unique barcode. This allows the mother’s expressed breast milk to be safely stored and fed to her baby or babies.
This handout was created to use with the booklet “Infant Formula: What you need to know” from NSHA https://www.nshealth.ca/sites/nshealth.ca/files/patientinformation/08103.pdf
Jaundice is a condition that causes the skin to appear yellow. It occurs when bilirubin builds up in the blood. During phototherapy to treat jaundice, your baby's skin is exposed to special light. The skin absorbs the light and changes the bilirubin so that his body can more easily get rid of it in stool and urine.
In French. La plupart des mères trouvent qu’il faut du temps pour établir et maintenir la production d’une bonne quantité de lait. Beaucoup de mères s’inquiètent de la quantité de lait qu’elles produisent. / Some things you can do to increase your milk supply.
In French. Tout de suite après la naissance, le contact peau contre peau est favorisé en plaçant votre bébé sur votre poitrine. Le contact peau contre peau est encouragé tant après un accouchement vaginal que par césarienne. / Skin-to-skin contact is supported immediately after birth by placing your baby on your chest. Skin to skin contact will be supported after both vaginal and cesarean births.
La jaunisse est une maladie qui donne une couleur jaunâtre à la peau. Elle survient lorsqu’il y a excès de bilirubine dans le sang. / definition of jaundice; treatment options for newborns with jaundice.
In French. Il est important de tenir votre bébé dans vos bras et d’avoir avec lui un contact peau contre peau le plus rapidement possible après l’accouchement. / Holding your baby in skin-to-skin contact in an unhurried environment as soon as possible after delivery is an important time for you and your baby to connect.
Definition of jaundice; treatment options for newborns with jaundice.
Small amounts of early breastmilk (colostrum) provides protection for babies born premature or ill. Colostrum is produced by the breast tissue in late pregnancy and provides baby’s first milk. Colostrum is rich in nutrients and contains antibodies that guard against disease. OIT is provided to all babies who are not feeding. It will be your baby’s first immunity that only you can provide.
Parent Partners are a group of volunteers who have had babies in the NICU. We're here to help you parent in the NICU and to support you while you're here.
Skin-to-skin contact is supported immediately after birth by placing your baby on your chest. Skin to skin contact will be supported after both vaginal and cesarean births.
There are many things to consider before making an informed decision about giving your infant a soother. Soothers can interfere with successful breastfeeding.
Holding your baby in skin-to-skin contact in an unhurried environment as soon as possible after delivery is an important time for you and your baby to connect.
The IWK is transforming our NICU from open-bay care sites to pri-vate, single family rooms. This is one of the largest and most complex redevelopment projects ever undertaken at the IWK. We are remaining open through re-development and must proceed safely – which means incorporat-ing a phased approach.