A Community Partnership to Support Breastfeeding Mothers of Late Preterm Infants

A Community Partnership to Support Breastfeeding Mothers of Late Preterm Infants

Cindi Faith Bennett, MN, RN, IBCLC, a lactation consultant in the NICU at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, ID

and Jane S. Grassley, PhD, RN, IBCLC, a professor and the Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair in the School of Nursing

at Boise State University in Boise, ID coauthored a manuscript that was published in the AWHONN

Nursing for Women’s Health Journal.  They presented their research at he AWHONN conference in New Orleans in July.others of late preterm infants need timely breastfeeding support after hospital discharge. Breastfeeding peer counselors with the Special

Mothers of late preterm infants need timely breastfeeding support after hospital discharge. Breastfeeding peer counselors with the Special

Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) can provide this support, but communication with hospitals is needed

to facilitate early contact with women. We aimed to develop and implement a sustainable organizational process that would expedite support by

providing WIC peer counselors access to mothers of late preterm infants before hospital discharge. Key strategies included creating a workable process;

addressing barriers and stakeholder concerns; planning a pilot program to test the process; and inviting the WIC breastfeeding peer counselors

to tour the hospital, meet nursing staff, and practice scripting their initial encounter with mothers. The organizational pathway currently is being

implemented throughout the health system.

 

Posted by Cindy Galloway

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