Jun 12 2012

Mothers’ Milk Club In Our Hands DVD featured in Harvard University course!

We were thrilled to hear from Dr. Katie Hinde, Assistant Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, after she successfully featured our In Our Hands DVD in the course of her discussion on lactation. She reported to Dr. Paula Meier that “the students (many of whom are pre-med) enjoyed it very much, as did [she].”

Here are a few of the comments made by Dr. Hinde’s students after viewing the DVD:

"I was struck by the excellent model that Rush developed for care of NICU babies and its implications. Inclusion of mothers in the care of their NICU infants not only saves money but also allows for better clinical practice in which families can be directly involved."
"I really liked that the program depicted in this video not only educated the mothers, but also provided them with the resources to act upon their new knowledge. Instead of merely explaining the benefits of milk, the clinicians helped mothers actively participate in all aspects of care. I got the feeling that mothers not only recognized the benefits of milk but had pride in their participation in science and care."
"This is such an important cause! I really like how they identified the particular barriers to mothers' breastfeeding and tried to find practical ways to address them. I loved how involved the primary researcher was with the patients!"
"The video was very methodical about explaining how research was integrated into a community. It made important science accessible to women and their babies. I appreciate how the directors of the program understood community needs and the value of peer role models. I'm impressed by the program! Applicable in even an international context."

"The video did a really great job of showing the steps necessary to affect change in the clinical environment with information from research and studies."
"I learned that mothers' milk is not only nutrition, but also is super important for immune system functioning and overall infant health".
"I like the use of the peers to give testimonials and make the mothers more comfortable.  I think this and the integration of scientific knowledge are the major reasons their program is so successful."
"I was struck by the excellent model that Rush developed for the care of NICU babies, and that 95% of babies cared for in the Rush NICU receive breast milk, which is unheard of elsewhere.  Training mothers to measure creamatocrits is a great way to keep them involved and improve long-term outcomes for premature babies."
"I learned that in the long-term, breastfeeding may be cost-effective because it increases the health benefits of the babies and reduces long-term health risks."
Thank you, Dr. Hinde, for sharing your experience with us!

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