How can the Neonatal Intensive Care Breastfeeding Peer Counselor help me?
Rush physicians and nurses think the mothers' milk is so important to the health of babies in the NICU that the Breasfeeding Peer Counselor team is available every day of the year.   return to top

What is a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor?
A breastfeeding peer counselor has breastfed her own baby, and went on to complete formal, specialized training in lactation and breastfeeding. They combine mother-to-mother support with extra knowledge and experience about lactation and breastfeeding. return to top

What is colostrum and why is it important for my baby?
Colostrum is the early milk that your body makes during the first few days after giving birth. It is different from the milk that is made later in lactation. Colostrum contains high amounts of antibodies and other substances that help to protect babies from infection, bowel diseases, and other complications. Colostrum is like a medication for your baby, and every drop that you remove should be collected and saved. Even if your plans do not include providing milk, we encourage you to remove the colostrum from your breasts so it can be fed to your baby. return to top