Navigation Links
Privacy a problem for mothers of newborns in neonatal intensive care units, CWRU study finds
Date:1/16/2013

Many mothers of newborns in neonatal intensive care units have difficulty finding private, quiet places in the hospital to express milk, according to a new study from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

The lack of privacyif it causes mothers to miss feedings or makes them too timid to express milkis an even greater health risk for low-weight premature newborns, because milk enriched with the mother's antibodies helps ward off infection and gastrointestinal problems.

"The meaning of privacy might differ for mothers and the hospital. This calls for new ways to create privacy for these mothers who want to breastfeed," said Donna Dowling, the lead researcher from the CWRU nursing school. Dowling and Mary Ann Blatz, a doctorate of nurse practice student and lactation consultant, collaborated on the study reported in the journal Advances in Neonatal Care article, "Mothers' Experiences Expressing Breast Milk for their Preterm Infants."

The study surveyed 40 new mothers15 in multiple-bed NICU rooms and 25 in single-family rooms.

Dowling, a Case Western Reserve professor and an advocate for breastfeeding, expected mothers in the single-family NICUs would find the process easier, quieter and more private than those in multi-family units.

But they didn't. The new moms overwhelmingly reported they would rather express breast milk at home, citing privacy and comfort concerns.

New mothers need to express milk eight to 10 times daily for 15 to 20 minutes in a newborn's first weeks, and six to eight times a day to maintain the milk supply after that.

The mothers said that possible interruptions while pumping kept them from starting pumping for fear of missing progress reports during a doctor's rounds. Missing the meeting might mean waiting hours before being able to meet with the doctor again. The respondents also felt uncomfortable expressing milk in front of the doctor or groups of doctors making rounds, Dowling reports.

Of the 40 mothers, 75 percent said before giving birth that they planned to breastfeed. But when their babies were discharged, only 45 percent breastfed their babies exclusively.

Interruptions and privacy weren't the only concerns, though. Mothers with newborns in NICU who must also juggle family, home and work responsibilities also found it difficult to meet their pre-birth aspirations to breastfeed their newborns exclusively.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding babies breast milk exclusively for the first six months of life, with continued breastfeeding until at least 12 months.


'/>"/>

Contact: Susan Griffith
susan.griffith@case.edu
216-368-1004
Case Western Reserve University
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Researchers attempt to solve problems of antibiotic resistance and bee deaths in one
2. 2 distinguishable gene groups detected: 1 normal and 1 problematic
3. Rice students work on weighty problem for doctors
4. Could cap and trade for water solve problems facing the United States largest rivers?
5. Child welfare investigation predicts mental health problems in young children
6. BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill exacerbated existing environmental problems in Louisiana marshes
7. Computing advances vital to sustainability efforts; new report recommends problem-focused, iterative approach to research
8. An error-eliminating fix overcomes big problem in 3rd-gen genome sequencing
9. Wholly water -- students and scientists gather at NTU to discuss water problem
10. Childhood obesity may affect timing of puberty, create problems with reproduction
11. Hyenas that think outside the box solve problems faster
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/16/2017)... May 16, 2017  Veratad Technologies, LLC ( www.veratad.com ... age and identity verification solutions, announced today they will ... 2017, May 15 thru May 17, 2017, in ... International Trade Center. Identity impacts the ... in today,s quickly evolving digital world, defining identity is ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... SINGAPORE , May 5, 2017 ... has just announced a new breakthrough in biometric ... that exploits quantum mechanical properties to perform ... new smart semiconductor material created by Ram Group ... across finance, entertainment, transportation, supply chains and security. ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... , April 19, 2017 ... its vendor landscape is marked by the presence of ... is however held by five major players - 3M ... these companies accounted for nearly 61% of the global ... leading companies in the global military biometrics market boast ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/15/2017)... ... July 15, 2017 , ... Cuvette manufacturer FireflySci ... During this time, the people at FFS have learned that their biggest asset was ... FFS are able to launch new products to meet the changing needs of scientists ...
(Date:7/13/2017)... ... July 13, 2017 , ... Thousands of pilots from ... for the National Aeromodeling Championships (Nats). Pilots come to Muncie to compete in various ... spots on US teams that participate in world championships. , RC Pylon (July 14-21): ...
(Date:7/13/2017)... ... July 13, 2017 , ... After 11 years developing and ... Christopher Laing, MRCVS, Ph.D. has been tapped to lead the effort to establish ... the first Executive Director at the newly formed Capital City Innovation effective September ...
(Date:7/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Dr. Julia Oh, a highly respected microbiome scientist at the ... Grant from uBiome, the leading microbial genomics company. Dr. Oh will collaborate with uBiome ... pathogens between elderly people in geriatric communities. , The new study will focus ...
Breaking Biology Technology: