Hitting the Target – Transitioning the NICU Baby from Trophic Feeds to Feeding at the Breast

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We will discuss the breastfeeding journey of the very low/extremely low birth weight baby in the NICU. Breastfeeding for these tiny babies starts at birth. Early oral care with colostrum, skin to skin care, early and consistent exposure and time at Mom’s breast, infant driven feeding, and prioritization of breast feeding will be discussed. Discussion on engaging Mom, family, NICU staff and Providers to create an environment and culture of breast feeding inclusiveness and support of exclusive human milk will be infused throughout this presentation.


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  • Nursing - 1.0 Contact Hour


Verbalize what "breastfeeding" looks like at various stages of the Neonatal stay

    -During respiratory support with no feedings or early trophic feedings

    -During the initiation of Cue based feeding

    -As baby is gaining competence in feeding

    -When baby is preparing for discharge

Discuss the needs of the extremely low birth weight infant while transitioning from gavage to the breast feeding.

List two breastfeeding positions that can be useful when feeding an extremely low birth weight infant at the breast

List differences in the oral suction of a baby when feeding at the breast vs feeding from a bottle


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