Monthly Archives: January 2019

Parent Engagement Correlates With Parent and Preterm Infant Oxytocin Release During Skin-to-Skin Contact

Preterm infants remain increasingly neurodevelopmentally disadvantaged. Parental touch, especially during skin-to-skin contact (SSC), has potential to reduce adverse consequences. Purpose: To examine relationships between parental engagement and salivary oxytocin and cortisol levels for parents participating in SSC intervention. Methods: A randomized crossover design study was conducted in a … Continue reading

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How Nurse Work Environments Relate to the Presence of Parents in Neonatal Intensive Care

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the NICU work environment and parental presence in the NICU using a national data set. The authors conducted a cross-sectional, observational study of a national sample of 104 NICUs, where 6060 … Continue reading

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A Typology of Breastfeeding Mothers of Preterm Infants:A Qualitative Analysis

Breastfeeding is an important element of motherhood with a preterm infant, but the role of maternal emotions in relation to breastfeeding is vague. The purpose of this  qualitative study was  to describe maternal emotions regarding and insights into breastfeeding during the first … Continue reading

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Know the Flow: Milk Flow Rates From Bottle Nipples Used in the Hospital and After Discharge

Milk flow rate may play an important role in an infant’s ability to safely and efficiently coordinate sucking, swallowing, and breathing during feeding. The purpose of this study was to test milk flow rates from bottle nipples used in the … Continue reading

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Evaluation of Key Factors Impacting Feeding Safety in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Systematic Review

Individualized feeding care plans and safe handling of milk (human or formula) are critical in promoting growth, immune function, and neurodevelopment in the preterm infant. Feeding errors and disruptions or limitations to feeding processes in the neonatal intensive care unit … Continue reading

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Very High Weight Gain During Exclusive Breastfeeding Followed by Slowdown During Complementary Feeding: Two Case Reports

Two cases are presented of infants that have very high weight gain from exclusive breastfeeding, which is then followed by a decrease in weight-for-age z-scores (WAZ) during complementary feeding. Potential factors that might have influenced their very high weight gain led … Continue reading

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National Maternity and Perinatal Audit – Neonatal Report

The latest report from the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) group explores the feasibility of linking the NMPA data set, which contains data relating to the majority of women who give birth, to the National Neonatal Research Database (NNRD), … Continue reading

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