Title

Birth and Breastfeeding in the Hospital Setting during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Author ORCiD Identifier

Spatz: 0000-0001-7316-6616

Froh: 0000-0002-7367-9902

Publication Title

MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing

Document Type

Article

PubMed ID

33048860

Abstract

For new families giving birth in a hospital setting, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges to their birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum experiences. We present experiences of three first-time, healthy mothers and their babies, as they gave birth in the hospital and were breastfeeding during the start of the pandemic in Philadelphia, PA. Each case is framed in the mother's prenatal goals, infant feeding intentions, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum experiences. Shared concerns and experiences among the three participants are described in five key areas: 1) Recommendations changing every day, 2) Guilt, concern, and stress, 3) In-person versus telehealth visits, 4) Missing time with family and friends, and 5) Silver linings. Through these mothers' experiences, nurses and other health care providers can learn from their perceptions and events and proactively work to ensure we provide sound anticipatory guidance, enhance our communication, and improve provision of evidence-based lactation care and support.

DOI

10.1097/nmc.0000000000000672

Publication Date

1-1-2021

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