Feeding is an important part of care that parents need to be involved with, in order to support their baby both on the unit and post-discharge. This is particularly important in order to support expressing and breastfeeding. Here are some ways units across the country have been supporting feeding:
East of England Neonatal Network
The East of England Neonatal network has created guidelines for parents tube feeding their baby at home, this includes a parent leaflet (PDF), risk assessment and parent competencies.
These materials are aimed at parents and carers of babies who have the opportunity to take their baby home with a nasogastric tube in place whilst establishing oral feeds with the support of the outreach neonatal nurse.
For more information about this project please contact Claire O’Mara, Lead Nurse/Innovation Lead for East of England on firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘I am ready for Kangaroo Care’ cards
Neonatal Units, Leeds General Infirmary and St James’ University Hospital
In order to promote Kangaroo Care, Leeds General Infirmary created these cards. These laminated cards were hung on the cots where babies were fit for Kangaroo Care, to prompt both parents and staff to ask about it and to promote consistency around which babies were offered Kangaroo Care. In high dependency and surgical units, the cards are used at the consultant’s or senior staff’s instruction, while in intensive care this is a consultant-led decision. They also keep record of when Kangaroo Care was given, by whom and for how long, using these Kangaroo Care Sticker packs, which are available free to order from the Bliss website.
Jessop Wing, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
In order to promote breastfeeding on their unit, the staff at The Jessop Wing of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals created this poster. It lets parents know why breast milk is so important and gives them information about the steps from expressing to breastfeeding, as well as milk storage.
For more information about these examples, or to hear about other ways that units are helping parents with feeding, please get in touch with as at HCP@bliss.org.uk