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Premature Infants

Begin pumping as soon as possible after delivery - ideally within the first 4-6 hours, in order to stimulate the production of breastmilk.

  • Use a hospital grade (rental) breast pump
  • Pump 8-12 times in 24 hours, for 15-20 minutes

Breastmilk storage guidelines (while the baby is hospitalised)

  • Freshly expressed breastmilk can be stored in the refrigerator for 48 hours.
  • Frozen breastmilk can be stored in the center or back of the freezer for several months.
  • Once breastmilk is thawed, it must be used within 24 hours.
  • Never re-freeze thawed milk.

Transporting breastmilk:

  • Breastmilk should be transported in a cooler.
  • If breastmilk is frozen, it should remain frozen during transport.

Begin breastfeeding when your baby is tolerating feedings.

  • Attempt to breastfeed every 3 hours or when baby displays feeding cues
  • Keep latch-on attempts to 10 minutes.
  • If your infant does latch well and consistently sucks/swallows, allow baby to continue the feeding.

Once your baby is home:

  • Keep a record of feedings and supplements. 
  • Your baby should be feeding at least 8 or more times in 24 hours. 
  • You may need to continue giving supplements for a time after baby is home. 
  • Keep a record of wet and dirty diapers. 
  • Baby should have at least 1 bowel movement every 24 hours. 
  • Baby should have at least 6 wet diapers every 24 hours.