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The Effect of the Odor of Breast Milk on the Time Needed for Transition From Gavage to Total Oral Feeding in Preterm Infants.
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PMID:  21884372     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of the application of the odor of breast milk in preterm infants during gavage feeding on the period of transition to total oral feeding. Design: This prospective experimental study was performed on a total of 80 preterm infants: 40 infants in the study group and 40 in the control group. Methods: This experimental study was performed in eastern Turkey at the Neonatal Intensive Care and Premature Unit of a university hospital between September 2007 and December 2008. The demographic data were collected via a questionnaire, and an intervention and follow-up table was prepared by the researcher based on relevant literature. The study was approved by the local institution, and written informed consent was obtained from all parents. Findings: The findings of the study indicated that the preterm infants who were stimulated by the odor of breast milk during gavage feeding transitioned to oral feeding 3 days earlier than control subjects. Moreover, the mean hospitalization time of these infants was 4 days shorter. Conclusions: The results show that stimulation with breast milk odor is an effective method for decreasing transition of preterm infants from gavage to oral feeding. Clinical Relevance: Nurses can train mothers to pump their breast milk, stimulate their infants with the odor of their breast milk, and feed it to their infants in the premature unit. This may lead to a quicker transition to oral feeding.
Aynur Yildiz; Duygu Arikan; Sebahat Gözüm; Ayhan Taştekın; Ilknur Budancamanak
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nursing scholarship : an official publication of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing / Sigma Theta Tau     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1547-5069     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-9-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100911591     Medline TA:  J Nurs Scholarsh     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  265-273     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 Sigma Theta Tau International.
 Assistant Professor, Department of Child Health Nursing, School of Health, AbantIzzetBaysal University, Bolu, Turkey  Associate Professor, Department of Child Health Nursing, Health Sciences of Faculty, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey  Professor, Department of Public Health Nursing, Akdeniz University School of Nursing, Antalya, Turkey  Associate Professor, Department of Neonatology, School of Medicine, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey  Nurse, Department of Neonatology, School of Medicine, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey.
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