Medela Neonatal Perspectives

NICU Feeding Tubes: A Source of Infection

Patrice Hatcher, MBA, BSN, RNC-NIC / October 2018

How frequently are you changing feeding tubes? Several years ago, I had the pleasure of transitioning to a clinical specialist role working for a company that is passionate about human milk, and manufactures enteral feeding products. I am frequently asked for the manufacturer’s recommendation for changing feeding tubes. Another question is, “How long can the… Read More about “NICU Feeding Tubes: A Source of Infection”

Breastfeeding and Maternal Depression in the NICU

Sue Hall, MD / October 2018

Increasing the provision of breast milk to infants in the NICU has long been a goal in NICUs around the world, given our knowledge about the multiple protective health benefits of human milk to infants, and to premature infants in particular. Successful breastfeeding in the NICU is impacted by numerous factors, including the support provided… Read More about “Breastfeeding and Maternal Depression in the NICU”

Is Stress Just another Buzzword? How Healthcare Professionals Can Care for Themselves

Sandy Sundquist Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC / September 2018

What is stress? How do we manage it, and how do we reduce it, or know when we need to? I’ve seen several messages pop up lately on my social network feeds about stress reduction, which is always a hot topic for healthcare professionals! Stress is an important component and natural phenomenon of our lives… Read More about “Is Stress Just another Buzzword? How Healthcare Professionals Can Care for Themselves”

Burn, Baby, Burn: Lessons From Messy Communications with NICU Parents

Jae Kim, MD, PhD / September 2018

Parts of my state of California were burning at their worst levels in history recently while I was planning my September blog topic. I couldn’t help but connect the occurrence to a topic of some events when I have gotten “burnt” myself trying to communicate with my patient’s parents. These at times scorching moments have… Read More about “Burn, Baby, Burn: Lessons From Messy Communications with NICU Parents”

Marijuana Use in Pregnancy and Lactation: Sure it’s Natural, But is it Safe?

Lori Wood, MSN, CNS, RNC-NIC, IBCLC / August 2018

Human milk is always placed as a priority for both term and preterm infants whenever possible as the multiple health and immunity benefits are undisputed (Wood, 2013). Even in cases of maternal medication use, infection exposure, or health issues, the properties of breast milk are often favored and a risk versus benefit appraisal must be… Read More about “Marijuana Use in Pregnancy and Lactation: Sure it’s Natural, But is it Safe?”

Supporting Breastfeeding in High Risk Infant Populations

Sandy Sundquist Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC / August 2018

Neonatal folks are fixated on the gestational age of a neonate. We rely on this information to direct us toward the most likely diagnosis, expected care management, and outcome prediction. The difference in outcome between 23 weeks and 6 days and 24 weeks is significant. But I have noticed that as gestation increases closer to… Read More about “Supporting Breastfeeding in High Risk Infant Populations”

Why is Now the Right Time for ENFit Enteral Connectors?

Kathleen Quellen, RN, BSN / August 2018

Enteral feeding initiatives have seen practice changes in recent years. You’ve no doubt heard of ENFit connectors and the Global Enteral Device Supplier Association (GEDSA) which designed them. To really understand the practice change urgency, it’s best to be aware of GEDSA’s core goal: “To reduce medical tubing misconnections and improve patient safety.” ISO standards… Read More about “Why is Now the Right Time for ENFit Enteral Connectors?”