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Breastfeeding a Premature Baby and a Rainbow Baby

Posted on 31 December 2015

At 33 weeks I was admitted to the hospital due to preterm labor and ruptured membranes. I always knew I wanted to breastfeed my daughter, but I never realized how important it was to me until, during the total chaos of testing and seeing doctor after doctor while being admitted, I was told that my premature baby may not be able to breastfed. I was crushed and decided I would do anything and everything to be able to breastfeed. Luckily, she wasn't born until 35 weeks and only spent one night in the NICU. I pumped every three hours for a month to ensure my supply didn't suffer, and she latched on with no problems. We happily breastfed until she was 25 months. After suffering a devastating loss, an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy that led to an emergency surgery, my daughter weaned due to not nursing for 3 weeks. My husband and I then suffered through 18 months of infertility. Our rainbow baby arrived in April, and we fought through a severe lip and tongue tie. After revisions we were able to establish a wonderful breastfeeding relationship that has helped with the healing and grieving process.

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