How does the NICU handle bottles and pacifiers?

The NICU handles bottles and pacifiers according to the wishes of the parents.

Once your baby is taking most of her feedings by nursing, she’ll be offered bottles when you’re not available to breastfeed. Babies often take both breast and bottles without a problem. Keep pumping and bringing your milk to the newborn intensive care unit (NICU).

During your visit, don’t give your baby a pacifier. It’s best if you comfort your baby in the NICU. However, the NICU staff will give your baby a pacifier if you’re not here, especially if she is fussy or having a painful procedure. The pacifier can help comfort her.

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