This checklist can be used to ensure that mothers are expressing their breastmilk effectively and to address any issues or concerns mothers may have.
For sick and preterm babies the importance of breastmilk cannot be overestimated, supporting growth and providing protection from infection. In particular, evidence suggests that the use of breastmilk decreases the incidence and severity of the life threatening disease necrotising entercolitis.
By providing her breastmilk, a mother can be assured that she is uniquely contributing to the wellbeing and development of her baby. However, expressing breastmilk over a long period of time is extremely demanding and if a mother is to succeed she needs the support from those involved with caring for her and her baby.