Supporting breastfeeding mothers on children’s wards: an overview
Narramore, Naomi (2007) Supporting breastfeeding mothers on children’s wards: an overview. Paediatric Nursing, 19 (1). pp. 18-21. ISSN 0962-9513Full text not available from this repository.
Just under half of all six-week-old babies in the UK are breastfed, and just under a quarter are still being
breastfed at six months old so it is likely that children’s nurses will frequently encounter breastfed babies on children’s wards. Support for breastfeeding has traditionally been left to midwives but Department
of Health guidance requires that all relevant staff have training in this practice. Children’s nurses need to understand the principles and practice of breastfeeding support including correct positioning and attachment, prevention and management of breastfeeding problems, mothers’ needs and safe use of breast pumps.
Breastfeeding should be part of the curriculum for children’s nursing courses, including practical sessions to observe breastfeeding support in the clinical setting. Children’s nurses should be aware that literature and learning resources written for midwives might be appropriate for them to access to increase their understanding in this important area of practice.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||breast feeding, children's nurses|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics|
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Health & Social Care|
School of Health & Social Care > Family Care & Mental Health Department
|Last Modified:||31 Mar 2011 18:20|
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