Premature Infant - Getting to Know the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Your role in your infant's care continued...
If you're not able to hold or
help your infant, you can give him or her an immunity boost by providing breast
milk. Regardless of whether you plan to
breast-feed or bottle-feed later on, pumped breast
milk for tube-feeding reduces your infant's risk of infection.
As your infant grows stronger, you will be able to take on
more caregiving tasks. These range from holding and feeding to changing diapers and
bathing. You can count on the NICU nurses to teach you and answer your
questions. If you are breast-feeding, you may be asked to spend the night with
your infant to find out if he or she is strong enough to nurse around the