Medela Neonatal Perspectives

Senate Passes Legislation for Breastfeeding Moms in Airports

Kathleen Quellen, RN, BSN / January 2019

Air travel can be stressful – I know from personal experience as I travel by air sometimes weekly.  But for new moms, having to find creative ways to feed a baby while traveling is even more difficult. On October 3, 2018, the Senate passed bi-partisan legislation to make air travel safer and easier. One important… Read More about “Senate Passes Legislation for Breastfeeding Moms in Airports”

Medication Transfer Into Breast Milk

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

While most neonatal and infant healthcare providers recognize the benefits of breastfeeding, there is often concern about the transfer of maternal medications into breast milk. That may lead to an inclination to discourage the use of human milk in the presence of at least some medications. We instruct mothers to record medications they may be… Read More about “Medication Transfer Into Breast Milk”

Premature Birth is On the Rise: How the PREEMIE Act Can Improve the Odds

Jenny Murray, BSN, RN / December 2018

Would it surprise you to know that the number of premature births has been on the rise over the past three years? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under 5 years of age.¹ Globally 15 million babies are born preterm each year, before 37 weeks.… Read More about “Premature Birth is On the Rise: How the PREEMIE Act Can Improve the Odds”

Breast Pump Insurance Reimbursement: What’s In It For Mothers

Irene Murphy Zoppi, RN, MSN, IBCLC / November 2018

Were you aware that on April 1, 2018, Anthem Blue Cross/BlueShield decreased reimbursement rates for breast pumps by 45%, from $169 to $95? Anthem is a large independent licensee of Blue Cross/Blue Shield that insures about one-third of individuals and families in the United States. Alarmed by the impact of not being able to secure… Read More about “Breast Pump Insurance Reimbursement: What’s In It For Mothers”

Research in Neonates Survey: For Clinicians and Families

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

Last year, I was invited to be part of the International Neonatal Consortium (INC). This group is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the development of safe and effective therapies for neonates. The consortium engages the global neonatal community – families, neonatal nurses, academic scientists, regulators, pharmaceutical investigators, advocacy organizations, and funders –… Read More about “Research in Neonates Survey: For Clinicians and Families”

Neonatal Hocus POCUS: When Did We Become Laggards in Using Point-Of-Care Ultrasound Magic?

Jae Kim, MD, PhD / October 2018

When I was first attracted to neonatology, I was told some great stories of its birth by many of my mentors who witnessed the beginning. Those early pioneers were working desperately to break new ground to save lives, as preterm infants were routinely dying from respiratory illness, sepsis, and other morbidities. They experimented with whatever they… Read More about “Neonatal Hocus POCUS: When Did We Become Laggards in Using Point-Of-Care Ultrasound Magic?”

Breastfeeding Mothers in the NICU Benefit From Education and Support

Jenny Murray, BSN, RN / October 2018

Mother’s own milk (MOM) provided to an infant is by far the best source of nutrition available. We know, though, that there is a marked disparity between mothers who are providing MOM initially, and those that continue to pump or breastfeed prior to or shortly after NICU discharge. In addition, we know low income populations… Read More about “Breastfeeding Mothers in the NICU Benefit From Education and Support”

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”