Breastfeeding is an experience that only a mother and her infant(s) can share. Infants who can feed from the breast receive not only the best nutrition but also, due to the close physical contact between mother and child, it is the optimal nurturance they can receive from their mother. When breastfeeding is trouble free, maternal well-being is uniquely heightened. However, breastfeeding remains a challenge for many mother-infant dyads and more so for those whose infants are born prematurely.
This article introduces a conceptual model of the breastfeeding challenges facing preterm mother-infant dyads. It distinguishes between maternal caregiving and infant growth/development components. Within the maternal component, two primary elements are considered, that is, maternal behavioural and nutritional care. The two primary elements within the infant component include infant non-nutritional and nutritional growth/development. It is proposed that an improved understanding of the factors associated with these four elements and how they interplay with each other within individual dyads will facilitate the identification of the breastfeeding challenges facing these mother-infant entities.
Breastfeeding challenges and the preterm mother-infant dyad: a conceptual model by Chantal Lau appears in Breastfeeding Medicine, vol 13, no 1, January 2018, pp 8-17. Links to the full abstract can be found here.
(PN187) Feeding the premature infant | Abstracts (93) £9.95*
This month’s latest literature search contains records for general articles on feeding premature infants after discharge from hospital and/or the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), including breastfeeding, finger-feeding, cup and spoon, and bottle. Covers factors affecting infant feeding, the challenges faced by parents, and physiology.
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