The Importance of Kangaroo Care
According to the NICU dictionary, Kangaroo Care is Skin-to-skin contact between parent and baby. During kangaroo care, the baby is placed on the parent’s chest, dressed only in a diaper and sometimes a hat. The baby’s head is turned to the side so the baby can hear the parent’s heartbeat and feel the parent’s warmth.
Medical information Notes:
The benefits of kangaroo care to the baby include:
- Stabilization of the baby's heart rate.
- Improved (more regular) breathing pattern.
- Improved oxygen saturation levels (an indicator of how well oxygen is being delivered to all the infants’ organs and tissues).
This healing activity also encourages milk production. Kangaroo Care is effective!
Natural Supplements to Encourage Breast Milk
Natural Supplements to Encourage Breast Milk
The benefits of breastfeeding extend beyond basic nutrition. Breast milk contains antibodies and other germ fighting factors that are passed from mommy to baby to help strengthen the baby’s immune system. In fact, during each breastfeeding session, here’s what’s released from to baby: mature milk, containing water, fat, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and white cells. Over the course of a feeding, breast milk changes from foremilk, high in water and lactose, to hindmilk, high in fat and calories.
Fenugreek - Fenugreek is most often used to increase milk supply. It has been reported to be an excellent galactagogue for some mothers and has been used as such for centuries. Mothers generally notice an increase in production 24-72 hours after starting the herb, but it can take two weeks for others to see a change. Some mothers do not see a change in milk production when taking fenugreek.
Mother's Milk Tea - Traditional European herbs used to help nursing mothers with breast milk production.
The Most Common Cause of Early Delivery
1. A condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, sometimes with fluid retention and proteinuria.
2. Pre-eclampsia or preeclampsia is a disorder of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure and a large amount of protein in the urine. The disorder usually occurs in the third trimester of pregnancy and worsens over time. In severe disease, there may be red blood cell breakdown, a low blood platelet count, impaired liver function, kidney dysfunction, swelling, shortness of breath due to fluid in the lungs, or visual disturbances. Preeclampsia increases the risk of poor outcomes for both the mother and the baby. If left untreated, it may result in seizures at which point it is known as eclampsia. This is a common cause of early delivery.
Symptoms (that’s easy to over the immediate awareness):
• Upper abdominal pain, usually under your ribs on the right side (you may think the baby is laying against your ribs, no big deal)
• Nausea or vomiting (I’m always vomiting, I’m pregnant!)
More server symptoms:
• Excess protein in your urine (proteinuria) or additional signs of kidney problems
• Severe headaches
• Changes in vision, including temporary loss of vision, blurred vision or light sensitivity
• Decreased urine output
• Decreased levels of platelets in your blood (thrombocytopenia)
• Impaired liver function
• Shortness of breath, caused by fluid in your lungs
Coping with Soreness (constant use of breast pump/breastfeeding)
NICU mommies, let's face it: pumping around the clock to encourage your milk production and then nuzzling with the little one can bring seriousness soreness! One of the main things that can make a mother stop nursing is nipple soreness. What causes the soreness is improper latching, the number of times the mommy nurses and or pumps, and the suction of their little one. Each mommy is different, meaning some mommies are able to push through it and continue. Before throwing in the towel completely, schedule an appointment with your lactation nurse or OBGYN and see what you can do to help improve. We have 5 basic steps to help:
If you noticed your nipples have started to crack, split, and or tare; squeeze a small amount
of breast milk, allow it to run over your nipples creating a mask.
After feedings allow your nipples to air dry. Use a Shell from Medela to help make sure your
nipples receive air.
Use thin layers of nipple cream to help before and after feedings.
Switch up your feedings and try using the other breast that’s not as sore and for the breast
that is sore, use your natural stimulation to help relieve the fullness of your breast.
When using the breast pump, avoid the hard suction for the time being.
For additional information on soreness and care, please request our FREE Pump, Eat, & Sleep program!