When your baby is in the hospital, care must be taken to make sure the EBM is handled safely and that it’s
your breastmilk that is given to
This is important because viruses such as HIV or hepatitis B can be carried in breastmilk. These viruses can be passed on to a baby by an infected mother’s milk.
EBM from an
approved milk bank for feeding your baby means that the EBM has been properly collected, screened, stored, pasteurized, and cultured as per the Canadian Food Inspection Agency guidelines. This makes sure that the EBM has been screened for HIV and hepatitis B.
If breastfeeding is going to be interrupted, pump your breasts to maintain your milk supply. If you don’t breastfeed or pump regularly, your milk supply can decrease, sometimes quite fast.
There are hospital-grade pumps with bottles and attachments for you to use in the hospital during your baby’s stay. Your nurse will show you where they are and how to use them. There are also instructions on the pump.
You may rent a pump to use at home. Ask your nurse if there a list of rental outlets. Check with your health benefits provider for coverage of rental costs.
Try to pump at your baby’s bedside whenever you can. Being near your baby helps your milk to “let down” or flow. For other places to pump, speak to your baby’s nurse.
Ask your nurse to get your EBM from the secure fridge or freezer.
In the hospital, talk to your nurse or a lactation consultant. (Note: Not all hospital have a lactation consultant)
Current as of: July 18, 2018
Author: Prenatal Public Health, Alberta Health Services
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