Breastfeeding Bliss: How Lactation Support Helps Comfort and Motivate Nelly Beniquez
Nelly Beniquez is no stranger to breastfeeding support. Her baby boy was born early, at 26 weeks, back on May 25, 2020. Every day since, she’s visited him in the Jefferson Washington Township Hospital NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). An integral part of her visits being breastfeeding, she’s worked closely with all of the lactation consultants.
Because he was unable to breastfeed directly at such a young age, Beniquez has spent many days pumping. Even though it can be frustrating at times, she’s thankful for all of the assistance she’s received. He’s recently started to latch on his own, which she’s very excited about.
“The lactation consultants have been amazing and reassuring since day one,” said Beniquez. “They do a lot of different things to help me produce more milk when I need it. They show me different ways to pump and give me tips on what to eat and drink.”
While Beniquez admits it’s not her favorite thing to do, she knows how important it is for her baby. For infants in the NICU, a mother’s milk is far more than just nutrition, explains Jefferson Health Lactation Consultant Susan Fuchs. It’s actually more like medicine.
“Donor milk can provide similar benefits, but the pasteurization reduces some essential immune health benefits; a mother’s milk is always the healthiest option,” said Susan.
Beniquez implores other new moms who face similar breastfeeding complications to be consistent and stick with it.
“It helps to talk to others, so you know you’re not the only one experiencing these things,” said Beniquez. “You have to try your best every day. Whatever you do, don’t give up.”
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