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Improving breastfeeding outcomes for sick infants

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2016
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This learning module focuses on the role of nurses in children's hospitals and neonatal or children's units to promote, protect and support mothers to breastfeed sick and premature infants. The challenges faced in such care settings, for example by an infant's illness, prematurity, fasting or separation between mother and infant, are explored, as are ways, such as freezing or otherwise preserving expressed milk, to overcome them.

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Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

Elaine Harris, Clinical placement co-ordinator, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin.


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