Research continues to reinforce the health benefits of breastfeeding for hospitalized infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The May issue of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing features a series of articles highlighting the positive outcomes of using evidence-based practices to promote human milk and breastfeeding, many written by CHOP nurse-researchers.
Guest editor Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, director of CHOP’s Breastfeeding and Lactation Program, says, “It is essential that nurses and healthcare providers possess key competencies regarding the science of human milk and breastfeeding in order to transform care of the most vulnerable infants.”
Healthcare providers can offer mothers and expectant mothers the education and support they need to initiate pumping and continue to provide an exclusive human milk diet in the hospital and after infants return home.
“This series demonstrates how evidence and innovative models can be utilized to achieve improved human milk and breastfeeding outcomes for NICU infants in the United States,” writes Spatz in the opening editorial.
Read the editorial »