NICU-Based Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

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Healthcare Providers Perceptions of Breastfeeding Peer Counselors in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Citation:   Rossman, B, Engstrom, J.L, Meier, P.P. (2012). Healthcare Providers Perceptions of Breastfeeding Peer Counselors in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Research in Nursing and Health, 35(5),460-474. doi: 10.1002/nur.21496.

Abstract:  In this qualitative descriptive study we examined the perceptions of 17 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) healthcare providers (nurses, neonatologists, lactation consultants, and dietitians) about the role of breastfeeding peer counselors who were mothers of former NICU infants and who provided primary lactation care in the NICU. Findings revealed that the healthcare providers respected the peer counselors' lactation expertise and identified three critical elements that contributed to the effectiveness of the peer counseling program: having a champion for the program, counselors being mothers of former NICU infants, and a NICU culture supportive of using human milk. Healthcare providers thought the peer counselors enhanced care of the infant by empowering mothers to provide milk and by facilitating and modeling positive patterns of maternal–infant interactions. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 35:460–474, 2012

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Supporting mothers of infants in the NICU
Citation:  Rossman B, Greene MM, Kratovil A, Meier PP. Supporting mothers of infants in the NICU. In Thorley V, Vickers MC, eds. The 10th Step and Beyond: Mother Support for Breastfeeding. Amarillo, TX: Hale Publishing, 2012. return to top

Breastfeeding peer counselors as direct lactation care providers in the neonatal intensive care unit
Citation: Meier, P. P., Engstrom, J. L., & Rossman, B. (2013). Breastfeeding peer counselors as direct lactation care providers in the neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Human Lactation, 29, 313-322. return to top

Mothers of very low birthweight infants and their experiences with breastfeeding peer counselors in the neonatal intensive care unit

Citation: Rossman, B., Engstrom, J. L., Meier, P. P., Vonderheid, S., Norr, K. F., & Hill, P. D. (2011). “They’ve walked in my shoes”: Mothers of very low birthweight infants and their experiences with breastfeeding peer counselors in the neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Human Lactation, 27, 14-24.

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