Pumping for the NICU infant

Find a selection of videos and information sheets on pumping essentials such as why emptying the breast is critical, how lactation hormones produce physical reactions, and how to decide on and correctly position a breast shield. The selection includes learning materials appropriate for training NICU staff or for sharing with NICU mothers.

All available videos can be downloaded through the video player options.



 

Considerations when choosing a breast shield for a pump-dependent mother

Short Video

Discusses points to consider when supporting a mother to find the right size breast shield for optimal pumping. Includes visual examples and discussions with a NICU mother



 

Getting the right fit: breast shields

Short Video

Demonstrates how to assess for a correct and comfortable breast shield fit, with examples from different pumping mothers



 

Visualising a well-fitted breast shield

Short Video

Offers different close-up views of correctly fitted breast shields



 

When the breast shield is too large: how to assess and adjust

Short Video

Provides guidance on how to assess whether a breast shield is too large and offers points for selecting the correct size and improving comfort



 

Centering the nipple in the breast shield

Short Video

Provides visual guidance to teach mothers how to correctly position the nipple in the breast shield for optimal and comfortable pumping



 

When the breast shield is off centre: How to assess and adjust

Short Video

Provides visual guidance to correct an off-centre breast shield and improve comfort



 

Attaining optimal breast shield pressure

Short Video

Shows how to hold the breast shield to prevent excess pressure that could disrupt milk flow



 

Evaluating the nipple base

Short Video

Demonstrates how to locate the nipple base and why this is important for effective and efficient pumping



 

Evaluating nipple circumference

Short Video

Demonstrates how to evaluate the nipple circumference for a comfortable breast shield fit



 

Evaluating nipple elasticity

Short Video

Addresses differences in nipple elasticity, and why elasticity is relevant for pump-dependent mothers



 

Using nipple ointment

Short Video

Explains why nipple ointment is important, especially for helping to prevent infection, and when it should be used for pump-dependent mothers



 

Optimising milk removal while pumping

Short Video

Demonstrates how a mother can optimise her breastmilk output while remaining comfortable



 

Pumping to empty the breast

Short Video

Teaches mothers how to recognise when the breast has been fully drained and why it is important



 

Milk Ejection while pumping

Short Video

Provides a visual example of breastmilk being ejected whilst pumping

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Initiating lactation in the NICU

Information Sheet

How to optimise lactation in the first two weeks after birth – key to enabling a long-lasting, abundant supply of MOM.

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Breast pumps for NICU mothers

Information Sheet

How to identify an effective, efficient and comfortable breast pump to sustain lactation if a preterm infant is too small or sick to breastfeed.

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Pumping, and the effects of lactation hormones

Information Sheet

What hormonal and physical reactions mothers can expect when using a breast pump.

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Pumping to create MOM demand and supply

Information Sheet

A day-by-day look at ‘coming to volume’ in the first two weeks of lactation: what it means for NICU mothers and why it is important for sustained MOM production.

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Points to check when pumping

Information Sheet

From selecting the right breast shield size to unclogging a milk duct, this checklist can help mothers pump effectively, efficiently and comfortably.

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Pumping for preterm infants after NICU discharge

Information Sheet

Explains why pumping for preterm infants after NICU discharge is important, and addresses questions mothers may have with practical guidelines

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DISCLAIMER: PROVIDE – A Training Compendium on Providing Mothers’ Own Milk in NICU Settings is intended for use by health professionals in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). All parts of this package are primarily for training purposes and for additional information to be given to parents by NICU health professionals. The PROVIDE Training Compendium, provided by Rush University Medical Center, is not intended for use by parents or private persons without medical education and we do not raise any claim to completeness of the resources. Under no circumstances should they be regarded as a substitute for professional advice or treatment or for any independent medical judgment of a healthcare professional regarding specific patient diagnoses or treatment plans. Healthcare providers should exercise their own independent medical judgment, and decisions as to any diagnosis and treatment plans are the sole responsibility of such healthcare provider.

The content within The PROVIDE Training Compendium cannot and shall not be used to make independent diagnoses or begin treatment. The information is not personally related to you. For non-medical professionals we recommend that you visit recognised healthcare professionals to get specific advice for any medical problems.

PROVIDE – A Training Compendium on Providing Mothers’ Own Milk in NICU Settings was published on www.LactaHub.org on 4 August 2020.

The PROVIDE Training Compendium is provided in good faith. We will be happy to provide you with further information and guidance. We look forward to your inquiry at: contact@lactahub.org