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Healthcare providers' perceptions of breastfeeding peer counselors in the neonatal intensive care unit.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22753129     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this qualitative descriptive study we examined the perceptions of 17 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) healthcare providers (nurses, neonatologists, lactation consultants, and dietitians) about the role of breastfeeding peer counselors who were mothers of former NICU infants and who provided primary lactation care in the NICU. Findings revealed that the healthcare providers respected the peer counselors' lactation expertise and identified three critical elements that contributed to the effectiveness of the peer counseling program: having a champion for the program, counselors being mothers of former NICU infants, and a NICU culture supportive of using human milk. Healthcare providers thought the peer counselors enhanced care of the infant by empowering mothers to provide milk and by facilitating and modeling positive patterns of maternal-infant interactions.
Beverly Rossman; Janet L Engstrom; Paula P Meier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2012-07-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in nursing & health     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1098-240X     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Nurs Health     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-13     Completed Date:  2012-11-19     Revised Date:  2013-10-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806136     Medline TA:  Res Nurs Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  460-74     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Department of Women, Children, and Family Nursing, College of Nursing, Armour Academic Center, Rush University, Chicago, IL 60612-3832, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Breast Feeding / psychology*
Infant, Newborn
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal* / manpower
Neonatal Nursing
Peer Group
Grant Support

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