Medela Neonatal Perspectives

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”

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”