for NICU Parents
Welcome to the NICUtrition® Parent Portal
If you are here, you might be a new NICU parent or anticipating a stay in the NICU. With that can come fear and concern, but we are here to help relieve some of the anxiety you may have, especially as it relates to your baby’s growth and development. Explore this portal to learn about the nutritional needs of your baby, how your baby will be fed during the NICU stay, and what is important for your baby to grow and thrive.
What is the goal of my preterm baby’s growth?
The most critical time of growth and development for babies happens in the last couple of months of pregnancy. For babies born too soon, this growth takes place in the neonatal intensive care unit. The goal for your baby is to grow and develop at the same rate as she would have inside mom. Feeding and nutrition play an important role in this growth.
Who can I talk to?
In addition to the doctors and nurses who spend a lot of time with you and your baby, other members of the care team can offer help and answer questions for you. Your NICU may have a Registered Dietitian (RD), Lactation Consultant, Social Worker, or a Parent Group that are there to help you feel better and make your stay in the NICU as comfortable as possible.