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Supporting the establishment and maintenance of lactation for mothers of sick infants

Supporting the establishment and maintenance of lactation for mothers of sick infants

Supporting the establishment and maintenance of lactation for mothers of sick infants

Elaine Harris
Elaine Harris
on behalf of Royal College of Nursing

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Launch date: 19 Feb 2018
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Last updated: 22 Jun 2019

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Breastfeeding is the healthiest way for a woman to feed her infant. The World Health Organization/United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund () launched the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in maternity services. However, this initiative focuses on healthy and full-term infants. While it remains the role of the nurse in children's hospitals and neonatal/children's units to promote, protect and support mothers to breastfeed sick and premature infants, this is performed in an environment that incorporates the unexpected nature of these infants' sickness/prematurity. In children's hospitals and neonatal/children's units, breastfeeding is challenged by infant's illness, prematurity, fasting or maternal/infant separation, resulting in mothers expressing their milk for their infants to consume either through alternative routes immediately or freezing it for a later date. Furthermore, once clinically stable, these mothers and infants should be afforded the opportunity to safely and effectively transition from expressed breast milk to direct breastfeeding. For the purpose of this learning module, the infant population of children's hospitals and neonatal/children's units is comprised of either an infant transferred from a maternity unit at birth due to illness/prematurity or an infant admitted up to the age of one year.

Objectives

Objective 1: Identify the benefits of providing breast milk to sick infants.
After reading this module and completing the time out activities, you should be able to identify the benefits of providing breast milk to sick infants.
Objective 2: Discuss the role of the nurse in influencing a mother’s decision to establish and/or continue breastfeeding.
After reading this module and completing the time out activities, you should be able to discuss the role of the nurse in influencing a mother’s decision to establish and/or continue breastfeeding.
Objective 3: Identify the skills and knowledge needed to best support mothers to breastfeed their sick infants.
After reading this module and completing the time out activities, you should be able to identify the skills and knowledge needed to best support mothers to breastfeed their sick infants.
Objective 4: Educate mothers to safely express, handle and store their breast milk.
After reading this module and completing the time out activities, you should be able to educate mothers to safely express, handle and store their breast milk.
Objective 5: Discuss the practical aspects of safely transitioning sick infants to direct breastfeeding.
After reading this module and completing the time out activities, you should be able to discuss the practical aspects of safely transitioning sick infants to direct breastfeeding.
Elaine Harris

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Elaine Harris
on behalf of Royal College of Nursing

Clinical placement co-ordinator, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin.

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  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • 1.00 Hours

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