It can be a very emotional time for you when your baby is born early or admitted to our Neonatal Unit. We are here to support and encourage you to become involved in your baby’s care from the very start.
You are a vital part of your baby’s life, even though they require medical treatment. Knowing you are close and hearing your voice will release a hormone called oxytocin, which is very important for your baby’s brain development. Talking and singing to your baby will also help to calm and reassure them. They love it when you look into their eyes as this is a very special form of contact.
During this time one of the best things a mum can do, is to provide your breast milk and it is unique for your baby. The sooner you start and the more often you express, the more milk you will produce. This milk will provide antibodies to protect your baby from infection while they are in hospital and for years to come. It will provide them with nutrition to help them grow and it is easy for your baby to digest.
This leaflet will be given to you to help support you with feeding during the time your baby is admitted to Neonatal Unit.
These short videos by small wonders explain why it is important to breastfeed an unwell baby - http://sw3.bestbeginnings.org.uk/