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Nursing Commentary (NUR1-312)

Vol. 20 No. 1 (2022): Nursing: The Heart of Healthcare

How to help mothers of NICU infants cope with milk expression

November 19, 2020


Breastfeeding is widely recognized to have many health benefits for newborns such as its protective properties. However, in the NICU, milk expression has shown many challenges for mothers. In order to help achieve the Canadian national goal for breastfeeding, Bujold & et al conducted a qualitative cross-sectional study to explore these challenges and recommend solutions to help mothers cope with milk expression. Even if there are few limitations mentioned in this study, findings provided insight about the impact of location and environment and helping mothers cope has shown to be effective in promoting closeness with their infant.


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