Medela Neonatal Perspectives

What’s in a Name? Breast Milk Versus Human Milk

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

There was an editorial in a recent Advances in Neonatal Care journal regarding breast milk versus human milk.1 The editorial was to inform future authors and submitters of manuscripts that papers with the term “breast milk” as referring to the milk itself would not be accepted. Human milk is more descriptive and asexual, if you… Read More about “What’s in a Name? Breast Milk Versus Human Milk”

How Lanolin Can Help Breastfeeding Mothers

Evi Dewhurst / March 2018

Breastfeeding mothers in your care all desire one outcome: Successful breastfeeding for their infant. Yet a myriad of difficulties stand in their way, such as health conditions for mother and/or infant, latching issues, and more. A large part of breastfeeding difficulties stem from a not-so-surprising source: Pain. Nipple pain has been documented as one of… Read More about “How Lanolin Can Help Breastfeeding Mothers”

Nursing Satisfaction, Part 2: Impact on Patient Experience

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

After writing recently on nursing satisfaction strategies for improvement, I wanted to investigate a related phenomenon: Is there a direct correlation between nurse and physician satisfaction with patient satisfaction? Let’s take a closer look. Over the years, nursing satisfaction has been a priority of hospitals with the goal of improving nursing environment, developing a healthier… Read More about “Nursing Satisfaction, Part 2: Impact on Patient Experience”

Complications of Neonatal Gavage Tubes

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

Gavage or gastric tubes are commonplace in the NICU. They are necessary to provide enteral nutrition until infants are able to take nutrition from their mothers or a bottle. The importance of early enteral nutrition has been well-documented and recognized over the last 25 years. Once it was thought that by avoiding early enteral nutrition,… Read More about “Complications of Neonatal Gavage Tubes”

Proactive Nipple Pain Care: Prevent Premature Breastfeeding Cessation

Diana Chisholm Estep, RN, BSN, IBCLC, RLC / February 2018

Every day in my clinical practice, I see new mothers struggling at home to breastfeed their babies. Sadly, they disclose that many of their friends had attempted to breastfeed but had given up. They tell me they’d never expected to have problems, and that they REALLY want to breastfeed! My heart goes out to them.… Read More about “Proactive Nipple Pain Care: Prevent Premature Breastfeeding Cessation”

Neonatal Gastrointestinal Tube Use and Management

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

Initial feedings in the NICU are often via an oral or nasal gastric tube. This method of feeding can go on for weeks for most infants. The scientific evidence supporting practices around this common procedure is minimal. Most practices are supported by evidence from the adult and pediatric populations. Neonatal gastrointestinal tubes Gastrointestinal tubes are… Read More about “Neonatal Gastrointestinal Tube Use and Management”