Effect of training neonatal nurses in breastfeeding-supportive clinical practices on exclusive breastfeeding of preterm infants

​Effect of training neonatal nurses in breastfeeding-supportive clinical practices on exclusive breastfeeding of preterm infants. A quasi-experimental multi-centre intervention study implementing research into practice.

A research project by Nurse, PhD IBCLC Ragnhild Måstrupy

Background: Early breast milk expression, prolonged skin-to-skin contact, rooming-in, use of test-weighing and minimizing use of pacifiers are positively associated with exclusive breastfeeding of preterm infants, whereas use of nipple shields is negatively associated.

Aim: To test whether a training program for neonatal nurses with focus on these six breastfeeding-supportive clinical practices affects maternal self-reported use of the practice in the neonatal intensive care unit, the rate of preterm infants exclusively breastfed at discharge to home, and the postmenstrual age at establishment of exclusive breastfeeding.

Methods: A quasi-experimental multi-centre intervention study from 2016-2019 including a control group of 420 preterm mother-infant dyads, an intervention with a training program for neonatal nurses and implementation of weekly breastfeeding meetings for neonatal nurses, and an intervention group of 494 preterm mother-infant dyads.







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