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Parent Resources

You never anticipated on meeting your baby for the first time in the NICU. But here you are. We know that the NICU can be a daunting and stressful place and so we've provided some resources to help you navigate your way and provide you some much needed support.

NICU and Nutrition Resources

Preterm Birth: What to Expect


100% Human Milk: The Best Nutrition

What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?


Nutrition for Premature Babies

Spanish Version


PreemieWorld Special Edition 

Newsletter on 100% Human Milk Diet

NICU Parent Empowerment Tool on Advocating for a 100% Human Milk Diet

At-a-Glance Parenting Tips

What is a Human Milk Fortifier?



Why do Preemies Need Access
to an Exclusive human Milk Diet?

Spanish Version  




Benefits of Kangaroo Care [Printable Version]



NICU Milestones to Celebrate



Facts on Preterm Birth



Tips for Providing Breast Milk in the NICU


Human Milk Oligossacharides (HMOs)

Parenting Articles

How to Bond with Your Baby While You're Away from the NICU


Tips for Providing Breast Milk for your Baby

in the NICU


Where Can I find Lactation Support While in the NICU?

How Safe is Donor Milk?


The First Few Weeks of Life Through the Eyes of a Preemie


Understanding Retinopathy of Prematurity


20 Tips for NICU Parents

5 Ways to Ease Your Transition From the NICU

5 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for New NICU Parents



Why Premature Infants Need Access to an
Exclusive Human Milk Diet


PeekabooICU App - Free App for NICU Parents

  Educational Videos by Topic



What is a human milk fortifier and why does my premature baby need it?
Are there different types of human milk fortifiers?
Why is an exclusive human milk diet important for premature babies?
When is the most critical time for my premature baby to receive breast milk?
What are tropic feeds? What are enteral feeds?
How does my premature baby receive breast milk and all human milk?
What is TPN enteral feeding?
What is TPN and why is it necessary for preemies?

Medical Conditions


What is bradycardia?
What is ROP?
What is anemia of prematurity?
What is patent ductus arteriosis?
What is an APGAR score?
Why does my premature baby have difficulty breathing?
What is bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)?



NICU Environment


Prolacta-What to expect in the NICU?

What is developmentally appropriate care for a premature baby in the NICU?
What are the characteristics of a 25 week gestational age baby in the NICU?
What feelings are normal to have when your premature baby is in the NICU?
What can I do for my premature baby in the NICU?
Why does my baby have to be in an incubator?
What is family centered care for a premature baby in the NICU?
How much time should I spend at my premature baby's bedside in the NICU?
Why was my baby born premature and placed in the NICU?
What are the LBW, VLBW, ELBW babies and micro preemies?
What is a central line?
Can I hold or touch my premature baby in the NICU?
What types of tests will be run on my baby in the NICU?
What is the difference between gestational age and corrected age?
What equipment is used in the NICU?


Medical Staff

Who are the people taking care of my premature baby in the NICU?
What exactly is a neonatal nurse practitioner?
What does a neonatologist do?


  Parent Testimonials


Lucy was born at 23 weeks and was airlifted the nearest NICU, two hours away. This is her amazing story.

Livingston was born at 27 weeks and 4 days gestation. He didn't suffer any of the common complications that other preemies born as early as he did suffer. This is his NICU story!

Twins Lex and Lochlan were born at 24 weeks 5 days’ gestation. Both boys were discharged from the NICU a week before their discharge date! See how Prolacta helped them thrive

Kira's early arrival was set in motion after her mother was in a severe care accident. She arrived at 25 weeks gestation and spent 129 days in the NICU.  Read her harrowing story!


For additional parent testimonials click here  

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