Breastfeeding with complex needs; baby Leo’s story
Becky – Mother
While investigations were carried out, I wasn’t allowed to feed Leo, and he was becoming too weak to feed. The nurses provided me with a breast pump to express my milk.
We were told Leo had acute neonatal liver failure and wouldn’t survive without a liver transplant. He was lucky to receive the gift of a new liver when he was 16 days old.
While we were in PICU I continued to express, and even managed to donate a stash to the milk bank. Eventually, Leo was able to have small quantities of breast milk via a bottle or nasogastric tube as it was important to be able to measure his fluid intake accurately.
I was a bit worried he would forget how to latch, but I was so happy he was getting some of my milk. It was probably one of my proudest moments when he latched on and sucked and swallowed. He’s now nearly 2 and a half and still loves breastfeeding just as much as ever.
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