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Complementary and alternative methods of increasing breast milk supply for lactating mothers of infants in the NICU.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20630837     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
"Breastfeeding" an infant in the NICU means that the mother must manually pump her breasts for milk for weeks to months until the infant is physiologically mature enough to suckle at the breast. Complementary and alternative therapies have been proposed to assist with lactation in NICU mothers. These methods for increasing breast milk supply include herbal galactagogues, kangaroo mothering, and relaxation therapies.A review of the literature was performed using PubMed and CINAHL databases. Twenty-four sources were chosen for inclusion in this article. Search terms included the following: galactagogues, breastfeeding, kangaroo care, and lactation, among others. The state of the science of alternative therapies in the management of inadequate breast milk supply is summarized here. The evidence is discussed and adverse side effects related to these therapies is addressed.
Pamela C Jackson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neonatal network : NN     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1539-2880     ISO Abbreviation:  Neonatal Netw     Publication Date:    2010 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-15     Completed Date:  2010-11-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503921     Medline TA:  Neonatal Netw     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  225-30     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Department of Nursing, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding*
Complementary Therapies / methods*
Galactogogues / administration & dosage,  adverse effects,  therapeutic use
Infant Care
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
Phytotherapy / methods
Plant Preparations / administration & dosage,  adverse effects,  therapeutic use
Relaxation Therapy
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Galactogogues; 0/Plant Preparations

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