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Third Trimester
Jan 13
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Please be strong. It might not work for you at first. You need to try every few hours to get your body to realize that it's supposed to make milk. At first, nothing may come out. This is normal.The first milk that comes out is colostrum.  Colustrum is the most important milk you can give a newborn and is often called “liquid gold". There is very little colostrum, the first time you actually get something out, it might be so little you think it’s not worth it. Give it to the NICU nurses anyhow. They’ll get it out and give it to your newborn. A newborn’s stomach is as small as a thimble, or smaller in our case. Don’t give up. Try again in several hours. You just ask help. Either your nurse or one of our lactation consultants will help you set up the pump and position it on your breast. If this is a new experience for you, be sure to ask questions and try to relax. Read all the instructions about your pump before using it. The more you pump, the more confident you’ll feel. To make your pumping session more effective, pump in a place where you feel relaxed and comfortable. Have everything you need within reach, including something to drink. The following tips may help stimulate let-down: Gently stimulate the nipples before you begin.Eat or drink just before pumping and while pumping.Massage your breasts before you begin and periodically during the pumping session. Think of your baby, pump in the baby's room, look at a picture of your baby while pumping or smell an article of your baby's clothing. Just try to divert mind while pumping and you will find more milk and keep on pumping don't give up. Don't worry dear everything will be fine.
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