Five Steps to Improve Bedside Breastfeeding Care


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Abstract

Best postpartum breastfeeding practices must address the caloric needs of all infants, including vulnerable infants, while enabling long-term, exclusive breastfeeding. An adequate subsequent milk supply depends on early, frequent and effective colostrum removal. A combination of hand expression of colostrum, spoon-feeding and unrestricted breastfeeding provide more milk for infants and more stimulation for subsequent breast milk production. A sustainable, preventive practice model for low- and high-risk infants depends on elevating staff expertise and shifting the focus of lactation educators to address staff learning needs. We propose a five-step implementation program to achieve this.

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