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Navigating the Milky Way: Overcoming Challenges of Lactation and Breastfeeding, as faced by mothers of preterm babies

Imagine you’re in a tiny spacecraft, hovering near the neonatal ward. Your heart flutters like a delicate butterfly. Your little star—born too soon but shining with determination—awaits your magical elixir. Welcome to the Milky Way of preterm lactation, where gravity pulls you toward challenges, but love propels you beyond the ordinary.

1. The Challenge : Delayed Lactogenesis

Many mothers of preterm babies experience delayed lactogenesis, which refers to the onset of mature milk production. This delay can impact milk supply and breastfeeding success. Here are few Tips:

  • Patience: Understand that your body may need extra time to establish milk production. Be patient with yourself.
  • Skin-to-Skin Contact: Regular skin-to-skin contact with your baby stimulates milk production.
  • Pump Regularly: Use a breast pump to express milk even if your baby cannot directly breastfeed initially.
  • Seek Support: Consult a lactation consultant for personalized guidance.

2. Feeding Tubes and Coordination Challenges

Challenge: Preterm babies often lack the coordination needed for effective breastfeeding. They may require feeding through tubes. Here are some tips:

  • Pump and Store: Pump your milk and store it for tube feedings. This ensures your baby receives your precious milk.
  • Learn Tube Feeding Techniques: Work closely with the NICU staff to learn safe and effective tube feeding methods.
  • Practice Kangaroo Care: Skin-to-skin contact during kangaroo care helps improve coordination and bonding.

3. Insufficient Milk Output

Many preterm mothers struggle with low milk output at one time or another. Here are some tips:

  • Hydration and Nutrition: Stay well-hydrated and maintain a balanced diet.
  • Frequent Pumping: Regular pumping sessions stimulate milk production.
  • Herbal Supplements: Galactagogues with herbal components, fortified with Vitamins and Minerals can go a long way in resolving the problem.

NuGal, the complete nutrition for new mothers, contains 14 potent herbs, and all essential vitamins and minerals, thus providing assured success in lactation within 7-14 days.

4. Emotional Support and Self-Care

Challenge: The NICU journey can be emotionally draining. Here are few tips

  • Self-Compassion: Understand that you’re doing your best. Celebrate small victories.
  • Join Support Groups: Connect with other preterm mothers who understand your journey.
  • Rest and Nourishment: Prioritize rest and nourishment for yourself.


Remember, dear Milky Way navigator, you’re not alone on this journey. Your preterm journey is a constellation of courage, love, and cosmic resilience. So, warp-speed ahead, Mom! Your preemie orbits your heart like a binary star system—forever entangled in your gravitational pull. 🌌🚀




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