Breastfeeding your hospitalized baby

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You can still work on breastfeeding while your baby is in the hospital. Learn how to prepare for breastfeeding and recognize your baby’s feeding cues.

Key points

  • If your baby is hospitalized, start pumping at least eight times in 24 hours to build and maintain your milk supply.
  • Most babies need some time and some help to establish breastfeeding during and after hospitalization.
  • Seek help in the hospital from a lactation consultant if you are having any difficulty with your milk supply or breastfeeding.
Last updated: July 30th 2019