A multipronged approach is associated with improved breast milk feeding rates in very low birth weight infants of an inner-city hospital

Narendra R. Dereddy, Ajay Talati, Ashley Smith, Ravi Kudumula, Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy

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Abstract

Breast milk feeding has advantages over formula feeding in premature infants, but its use in them is low. We initiated measures in our inner-city hospital such as starting a dedicated lactation service, counseling the mothers prenatally and postnatally, educating hospital staff, and advocating with our state's Medicaid insurance to provide free home breast pumps. These measures were associated with improvement in our breast milk feeding rates in very low birth weight infants from 22% to 88% over 5 years. This article describes our multipronged approach and can help encourage and guide other units with similar demographics to improve their breast milk feeding rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-46
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Human Lactation
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Very Low Birth Weight Infant
Urban Hospitals
Human Milk
Breast Feeding
Medicaid
Insurance
Lactation
Premature Infants
Counseling
Breast
Mothers
Demography

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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A multipronged approach is associated with improved breast milk feeding rates in very low birth weight infants of an inner-city hospital. / Dereddy, Narendra R.; Talati, Ajay; Smith, Ashley; Kudumula, Ravi; Dhanireddy, Ramasubbareddy.

In: Journal of Human Lactation, Vol. 31, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 43-46.

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