Medela Neonatal Perspectives

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?”

Oral Colostrum Care: A Self-Driving Practice, or Is There a Driver?

Jae Kim, MD, PhD / July 2018

The earliest delivery of mother’s milk is a natural and protective event in nature: the suckling of the first drops of colostrum. The importance of this earliest milk is told based on other mammals that get sick or die if they aren’t able to receive colostrum in a timely manner. Fortunately, we don’t have immediate… Read More about “Oral Colostrum Care: A Self-Driving Practice, or Is There a Driver?”

Making Babies Grow: Necessity and Timing of Human Milk Fortification

Sandra Sundquist Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC / July 2018

There has been recognition for several years now that intrauterine and extrauterine growth vary in  premature infants, particularly those born at less than 1500 grams and again, a larger difference for those born at less than 1000 gms.1 Historically, the growth curves used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) were growth curves based on… Read More about “Making Babies Grow: Necessity and Timing of Human Milk Fortification”