Medela Neonatal Perspectives

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”

How Can NICU Nurses Best Support Breastfeeding?

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

A mother’s culture and family beliefs have a significant effect on her decision to breastfeed, length of breastfeeding, breastfeeding exclusivity, and other infant feeding practices. However, women whose infants are admitted to the NICU have other influences on this decision and continued practice. I remember a period of time when mothers were encouraged to provide… Read More about “How Can NICU Nurses Best Support Breastfeeding?”

“Shaken, Not Stirred”: How Does Your Preemie Take Their Milk?

Jae Kim, MD, PhD / March 2019

Virtually every baby I have seen prefers mother’s own milk to infant formula. As a card-carrying gastroenterologist, it was imperative in training to taste all the infant formulations we prescribed to our patients, including all the elemental formulas with broken down ingredients. This was entertaining for others to watch, and sometimes nauseating for us as… Read More about ““Shaken, Not Stirred”: How Does Your Preemie Take Their Milk?”

NICU Feeding Tubes: Change Frequency Guidelines to Minimize Bacterial Contamination

Jenny Murray, BSN, RN / March 2019

How often should feeding tubes be changed, and what can be done to minimize bacterial contamination? The short answer is there is no definitive answer, other than “manufacturer recommendations,” which typically say PVC tubes are to be changed every 3 days and polyurethane (“poly”) and silicone should be changed every 30 days. Although these are… Read More about “NICU Feeding Tubes: Change Frequency Guidelines to Minimize Bacterial Contamination”

Preemie Breastfeeding: The Holy Grail of NICU

Jae Kim, MD, PhD / February 2019

In Scandinavian countries like Sweden, the breastfeeding rates across their population are enviably one of the best in the Western world (~52% exclusive breastfeeding at 4 months). They also provide their mothers with generous maternity leave (16 months compared to our optional 3 months in the U.S., in Finland it is ~40 months). They have… Read More about “Preemie Breastfeeding: The Holy Grail of NICU”

Maternal and Infant Health Crisis: What You Need to Know

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

Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects and distributes data surrounding maternal and infant mortality. What is most alarming in the recent report is the critically high rate of maternal mortality in the U.S. The statistics are astounding, revealing that 700 women die each year in the United States because of… Read More about “Maternal and Infant Health Crisis: What You Need to Know”