Breastfeeding in the NICU infant and related practices

Access a range of videos and information sheets that support effective and efficient breastfeeding and related practices for NICU infants. The learning materials cover lactation initiation, how to safely support and position a preterm infant at the breast, guidance on using a nipple shield and more. They are appropriate for training NICU staff or for sharing with NICU mothers.

All available videos can be downloaded through the video player options.



 

Realistic goals for breastfeeding preterm infants

Short Video

A NICU specialist reviews the steps between pumping and feeding at breast to help a mother set realistic breastfeeding goals



 

Breastfeeding positions: Supporting the infant's head and neck

Short Video

Demonstrates breastfeeding positions that support the infant's head and neck



 

Breastfeeding positions: Football hold

Short Video

Demonstrates positioning the infant using the football hold



 

Breastfeeding positions: Cross-cradle hold

Short Video

Demonstrates positioning the infant using the cross-cradle hold



 

Sucking patterns: Differences and implications for full-term and preterm infants

Short Video

A NICU specialist discusses differences in sucking patterns for full-term and preterm infants with a mother and grandmother



 

Pumping after NICU discharge

Short Video

A NICU specialist discusses the importance of continued breast pump use after NICU discharge with a mother and grandmother



 

Nipple shields: Applying a nipple shield

Short Video

Demonstrates different options for correct application of a nipple shield onto the mother's breast



 

Nipple shields: Choosing and evaluating size

Short Video

A NICU specialist evaluates and discusses correct nipple shield size with a mother and grandmother



 

Nipple shields: Evaluating effectiveness

Short Video

A NICU specialist explains how and why nipple shields can help preterm infants breastfeed more effectively until suction pressures mature



 

Differences when breastfeeding preterm infants: Behaviour

Short Video

A NICU specialist discusses different breastfeeding behaviours of preterm and full-term infants with a new mother and grandmother



 

Differences when breastfeeding preterm infants: Suction

Short Video

A NICU specialist discusses safe breastfeeding positions to support optimal suction of preterm infants with a new mother



 

Breastfeeding preterm infants: Milk ejection

Short Video

A breastfeeding mother describes her milk ejection experience with a NICU specialist, while breastfeeding her preterm infant

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Preparing to breastfeed in the NICU

Information Sheet

Helps prepare mothers for breastfeeding in the NICU, with practical tips and information about what they can expect

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Breastfeeding positions for preterm infants

Information Sheet

Illustrates safe support and positioning for breastfeeding a preterm infant in the NICU and after discharge

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Breastfeeding preterm infants after NICU discharge

Information Sheet

Offers tips to address specific preterm breastfeeding concerns and challenges mothers may experience after being discharged from the NICU

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Nipple shields for breastfeeding preterm infants

Information Sheet

Describes how nipple shields help preterm infants breastfeed effectively and efficiently, and offers guidelines for their appropriate use and care

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DISCLAIMER: PROVIDE – A Training Compendium on Providing Mothers’ Own Milk in NICU Settings is intended for use by health professionals in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). All parts of this package are primarily for training purposes and for additional information to be given to parents by NICU health professionals. The PROVIDE Training Compendium, provided by Rush University Medical Center, is not intended for use by parents or private persons without medical education and we do not raise any claim to completeness of the resources. Under no circumstances should they be regarded as a substitute for professional advice or treatment or for any independent medical judgment of a healthcare professional regarding specific patient diagnoses or treatment plans. Healthcare providers should exercise their own independent medical judgment, and decisions as to any diagnosis and treatment plans are the sole responsibility of such healthcare provider.

The content within The PROVIDE Training Compendium cannot and shall not be used to make independent diagnoses or begin treatment. The information is not personally related to you. For non-medical professionals we recommend that you visit recognised healthcare professionals to get specific advice for any medical problems.

PROVIDE – A Training Compendium on Providing Mothers’ Own Milk in NICU Settings was published on www.LactaHub.org on 4 August 2020.

The PROVIDE Training Compendium is provided in good faith. We will be happy to provide you with further information and guidance. We look forward to your inquiry at: contact@lactahub.org