Center for Pediatric Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice


Lactation Consultant Visit Frequency in a Neonatal Unit: A Continuous Quality Improvement Project

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Clinical Lactation

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Introduction: At our pediatric institution, lactation consultants completed a quality improvement project exploring ways to support the highest-risk parents in the neonatal intensive care unit: Mothers of outborn infants, who are particularly at risk of lactation problems. Method: We created a structured visitation schedule for these families and tested it over 3 months to see if this schedule increased the milk supply of these mothers. Results: The new schedule was not effective in improving the milk supply. Visits in the first two weeks did not affect the milk supply, but results suggest that later visits showed a trend toward increased supply. External factors may have confounded our results. Conclusion: The lactation team was reassured that the care model in use at baseline supported the parents and their milk supply.



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