Presentation Information

Amber Valentine

Building a Successful Breastfeeding Program in the NICU: Challenges and Practical Solutions

  • Speaker: Amber Valentine , MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, IBCLC, CNT
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME

While providing breastmilk for all infants, especially neonates is considered Gold Standard for feeding, providing breastmilk in the NICU can present with a multitude of challenges. Whether the facility is short staffed, the family dynamics prevent parents from being present, or milk supply issues abound, breastfeeding and providing breastmilk can create many difficulties for NICU infants and their families. During this presentation, we will discuss building successful breastfeeding programs in the NICU, multiple challenges that parents face in milk production, neonatal state and it's impacts on breastmilk implementation, as well as NICU politics and their correlation with a successful breastmilk agenda.