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NICU Practices for Storage and Handling of Breastmilk

by Fayrouz Essawy, MD, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 Nurse Contact Hours, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Handout: Yes

The feeding of breast milk during the NICU admission reduces the risk of short-and long-term morbidities especially in premature infants. Breastmilk provides immunological, anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, epigenetic, and mucosal membrane protecting properties. The mechanisms by which human milk provides its protection are varied. These mechanisms include immunological and specific unique human milk components that are not present in formula. Thus, the feeding of mother’s own breastmilk should be a NICU priority and every NICU should have a breastmilk storage and handling policy. In this presentation we will discuss how we can counsel parents about the infection control measures and guidelines related to storage, handling and administration of breastmilk to babies in the NICU. Learn more about hospital grade pumps, pumping at home vs pumping in hospital setting, prevention and management of potential mistakes such as giving a child another mother’s milk and how to handle and store fortified breastmilk.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe and differentiate the different types of human milk storage containers.
2. List the human milk storage times in different temperature for NICU use and for preterm and hospitalized babies in the room temp., refrigerator and freezer.
3. Describe how health care providers can handle breastmilk safely, thaw and use it in different settings and situations.
4. List 3 types of BM fortification and discuss how to handle fortified breastmilk.

Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Presentations: 1  |  Hours / CE Credits:  |  Viewing Time: 2 Weeks