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 pamphlet explains the steps to hand express breast milk. Hand expression is a learned skill. It will get easier with practice. A video is listed to help you with the basics. Instructions for how to bring your breast milk to the hospital are given. If you notice any cramping in your uterus when hand expressing, it is very important to stop and talk with your doctor before starting again. This is rare. It is safe to keep breastfeeding your older child.
This pamphlet explains the steps to hand express breast/chest milk (take milk from your breasts/chest). It is also called "manual expressing". Hand expression takes practice. It is important to learn how to hand express breast/chest milk in the first hours after your baby is born. Hand expressing helps you make milk and helps your milk come in (also called milk let-down) when you first start to breast/chest feed your baby. A video is listed to help you with the basics. Instructions for how to s…
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.
One of the most difficult times for many bereaved mothers is when their breast milk comes in. Other mothers find the presence of their milk a comforting reminder of their body’s ability to care for the baby they so love and had wished to care for. Everyone grieves in their own special way and there is no right or wrong way to manage your breastmilk coming in.