Breast Milk Is The Best Nutrition For Infants

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Introduction
Breast milk is the best nutrition for infants, especially preterm infants by providing exact nutrient for growth and to fight disease (Meier, Engstrom, Patel, Jegier & Bruns, 2010). According to Hake-Brooks & Anderson (2008), “Preterm infants who are fed breast-milk have a lower incidence and severity of infection during hospitalization, including necrotizing enterocolitis, diarrhea, and sepsis. They have less retinopathy of prematurity, superior cognitive and motor development and decreased length of hospital stay (p. 151).” Unfortunately, breast-feeding preterm infants poses difficulty among mothers including physical and emotional barriers (Hake-Brooks & Anderson, 2008). Nurses have the opportunity to develop a trusting relationship with this population to encourage and facilitate breast-feeding preterm infants by providing continual support and implementing specific interventions (Hake-Brooks & Anderson, 2008). Nursing intervention and support can empower mothers to be persistent in overcoming the barriers of breast-feeding to provide preterm infants with optimal nutrition (Ahmed, 2008; Hake-Brooks & Anderson, 2008; Maastrup, Bojensen, Kronborg & Hallstrom, 2012; Wheeler, 2009; Yildiz & Arikan, 2011)
Article Summaries
In Hake-Brooks and Anderson’s (2008) quantitative study, the researchers conducted a randomized control trial to determine the effects of kangaroo care (KC) on breastfeeding in preterm infants. A sample of 66 mothers and their preterm infants…
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