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Supporting breastfeeding mothers on children’s wards: an overview

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 0962-9513

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: breast feeding, children's nurses
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Family Care & Mental Health Department
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:07

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