Can I breastfeed if my baby has to go to hospital?
If a baby has to go to hospital, breastfeeding can help in many ways. It can protect the baby from infections in the hospital, speed healing, provide pain relief, calm the baby, and empower mothers. If possible, mothers should continue to breastfeed their hospitalized baby unless there is a specific reason not to. If separation from the baby prevents breastfeeding, mothers should express regularly. This maintains the milk supply and provides milk for the baby. Mothers whose babies have been admitted to hospital report many barriers to breastfeeding. If a baby is hospitalized, mothers should ask what breastfeeding support is available.