Donating your breast milk to hospitals that are treating sick and premature infants is one of the kindest things you can do. Human milk has been shown to have positive health effects for babies. And neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across the country are using donated breast milk more and more often.
Breast milk is not a “one-size-fits-all” product. From the time your baby is newborn till the moment he or she enters the toddler years and beyond, your breast milk will evolve. It even can change day by day, or feeding by feeding.
Believe it or not, pumping breast milk is just like everything else: It takes practice. You might find yourself challenged or puzzled at first by this odd machine and how it operates. But you will catch on over time. The trick is to find techniques that work for you.
With the excitement of pregnancy, you’re probably thinking about baby clothes, a cute crib, a carseat – a whole world of new items for the baby. A breast pump might not come to the top of your mind. Why get one now? You’re wondering. I can breastfeed for the first month or so.