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Lactation and Kangaroo Care

Making milk for your baby is one of the most important things you can do when your child is born early or is sick. Your milk contains many factors to help your baby stay healthy and grow better while in the intensive care unit. We know that premature infants who receive their mother's milk have better brain development and are healthier even when they are older.

We understand that this is a very hard time for families when their child is ill. Pumping can be tough when you are tired and stressed. We hope that the information in the booklet helps you to understand the importance of mother's milk for your baby, and helps you to be successful in producing milk for your baby.

Please feel free to ask the doctors, lactation consultants, nurses, and staff of The Chester County Hospital for help or additional information if you have any questions or are having problems pumping. We are here to help you!

Important numbers:
The Chester County Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): 610.431.5394
The Chester County Hospital Lactation Consultants: 610.738.2582

Community Resources for Breastfeeding

SILK Booklet Information
Why Premature Infants Need Their Mother's Milk
How Your Body Makes Milk for Your Baby
Pumping Milk for Your Baby
Bringing in Your Milk
Making Enough Milk for Your Baby
How We Feed Your Baby
Helping Your Baby Grow

SILK Handouts
Oral Stimulation Program for Infants in the NICU
Learning How to Breastfeed
Making More Milk for Your Premature Baby
Skin-to-Skin Care (Kangaroo Care)
How Much Milk Can One Baby Drink?
Signs of Stress and Calming Techniques
NICU Feeding Baby Steps
Pumping Log

As a dedicated community based healthcare organization, The Chester County Hospital seeks to develop and implement programs and services that enhance the health of those we serve. The Community Awareness portion of this website aims to provide visitors with up-to-date information about health-related issues affecting our community.

Please note : The Chester County Hospital offers the information on this website for general educational purposes only. This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis, nor should it be considered a replacement for consultation with a healthcare provider. If you have questions or concerns about your health, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Last Updated: 2/20/2015