Medela Neonatal Perspectives

Improving Health Outcomes for Vulnerable Infants: The 10-Step Model for NICU Human Milk Care

Irene Murphy Zoppi, RN, MSN, IBCLC / June 2019

Without question, human milk is the preferred nutrition for all infants. This is especially true for vulnerable, premature infants in the NICU, as human milk contains numerous components that are beneficial in preventing many morbidities associated with prematurity.1-7 All around the world, nurses, doctors, and healthcare providers want to assist breastfeeding families in meeting their… Read More about “Improving Health Outcomes for Vulnerable Infants: The 10-Step Model for NICU Human Milk Care”

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in the NICU

Kathleen Quellen, RN, BSN / June 2019

The opioid crisis in the U.S. is ongoing and increasing in many areas. That means that a growing number of infants will be born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and need treatment. Concerns for these infants are many, but as they are medically fragile, the categories of length of stay, transfers, and readmissions remain high… Read More about “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in the NICU”

Breastfeeding Initiation Risk Factors – TRANSCRIPTION

Evi Dewhurst / May 2019

Last month, we posted a link to Dr. Diane Spatz’ (PhD, RN-BC, FAAN) previously recorded Facebook Live event on “Breastfeeding Initiation Risk Factors.” She took the opportunity to present research and information to clinicians and hospital staff about proper breast milk initiation, the value of human milk, and maternal risk factors that may impede coming… Read More about “Breastfeeding Initiation Risk Factors – TRANSCRIPTION”

“Ad-Libbing” In the NICU: Cue-Based and Infant-Driven Feeding Methods

Jae Kim, MD, PhD / May 2019

The more I speak around the country, the more I become smitten with the immediacy of the moment, and veer away from my slides and script to interject a pearl or observation that comes to mind, or to reflect what I think the audience needs to hear at that time. That introduces a spontaneity that… Read More about ““Ad-Libbing” In the NICU: Cue-Based and Infant-Driven Feeding Methods”

Closing the Maternal and Infant Healthcare Disparities Gap

Patrice Hatcher, MBA, BSN, RNC-NIC / May 2019

Disparities related to quality healthcare access are a challenge in the U.S, and more often for women. That sounds a little difficult to imagine. It is shocking, especially since we are in the 21st Century, and considered by many to be in a country that has opportunity and equality for all. The goal of this… Read More about “Closing the Maternal and Infant Healthcare Disparities Gap”

Prioritizing Neurologic Outcomes in the NICU: How Can Human Milk Help?

Sandy Sundquist Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC / May 2019

As we go through life, our priorities change from time to time. As a child, I enjoyed reading and could spend hours outside reading books. I would often check out ten books (the maximum you could check out at once) at the library for two weeks, and have them read before the two weeks were… Read More about “Prioritizing Neurologic Outcomes in the NICU: How Can Human Milk Help?”

Breastfeeding Initiation Risk Factors – VIDEO

Evi Dewhurst / April 2019

What information can best help a mother achieve her breastfeeding goals? As clinicians, you are in a unique position to guide and educate using valuable research. But did you know the critical value of the initiation phase of human milk delivery, and how risk factors directly impact its success? How about helping mothers overcome inaccurate… Read More about “Breastfeeding Initiation Risk Factors – VIDEO”

Two Techniques to Express Human Milk: How They Can Be Complements to One Another

Irene Murphy Zoppi, RN, MSN, IBCLC / April 2019

Scientific research has continuously improved our knowledge about human milk and how infants breastfeed. Current research tells us that healthy, term babies use intra-oral vacuum to extract colostrum and milk from the breast.1,2 Understanding how infants apply an irregular vacuum pattern to stimulate the breast and extract colostrum and milk from the breast helps to… Read More about “Two Techniques to Express Human Milk: How They Can Be Complements to One Another”