Q: I went I to premature labour with our first born. And currently 27 weeks when I gave birth. No one told me to start pumping. I was not allowed to let her drink from me so I could not produce enough milk. No one showed me how to latch her. If I go into premature labour again, how do I go about breastfeeding? Should I pump immediately if she's not able to drink from me and in NICU? Basically also how do I prepare myself and produce enough milk with having the stress of another premature baby?
Sister Hettie: I am sorry that you had such a bad experience. Premature birth is always stressful and I understand your concern. I would suggest you start doing relaxation exercises to reduce your stress for now. Should you go in premature labor again I would advise that you start expressing as soon as you are back in the ward .Hand express in a teaspoon as colostrum the first milk is very thick and small amounts. Decant it in a syringe with a name label and send it to ICU. Hand express every 2 hours during the day for at least five minutes a side after massaging your breast. You need to sleep for at least 5 hours at night.
It would be a good idea to get a certified lactation consultant on standby to support and encourage you always hand express first and after day 2 you can use a double pump after hand expressing because that would increase the prolactin levels and help to produce milk Remember the only thing that produce milk is to empty or drain the breasts thoroughly and as soon as possible. If you are not shown how to latch or help let us know to help you.
I would also advise you to watch a lot of YouTube videos on latching . We don't see a lot of mothers breastfeed therefore we don't have a role model by watching videos on different latching techniques you empower yourself with knowledge. If you know better you do better.