Q: How do I provide pumped breast milk if my babies are too small to breastfeed?

Pumping every 3 hours is ideal to build up your supply, but be kind to yourself appreciating you have just had major abdominal surgery and need time to heal and grow strong yourself. Many hospitals have pumps available, or you may want to rent or buy.

Even if you establish a good pumping system, try to make sure you have an opportunity to nurse each of your babies at the breast prior to their discharge from the hospital so that you have the staff resources for guidance and support. If your babies are micro-preemies, (under 2.9 pounds), or very premature, your insurance may pay for the pump rental.

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