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 milk (take milk from your breasts). It is also called "manual expressing". Hand expression takes practice. It is important to learn how to hand express breast milk in the first hours after your baby is born. Hand expressing helps milk production and milk let-down (release) when you first start to breast feed your baby. A video is listed to help you with the basics. Instructions for how to store your breast milk are also given.
Mother’s own milk is best for baby. When it is unavailable, the next best option for babies is pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM). The IWK supports families who intend to exclusively breastfeed by offering pasteurized donor human milk, when medically indicated.