Rakel Björg Jónsdóttir, University of Iceland Uwe Ewald, Uppsala University, Sweden Wibke Jonas, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden Hannakaisa Niela-Vilen, University of Turku, Finland Bente Silnes Tandberg, Lovisenberg Diaconal University College, Norway Gill Thomson, University of Central Lancashire and Dalarna University Heather Trickey, Cardiff University, UK
In the last decade, the landscape of neonatal care has changed in many settings. The progression towards family-centred care, a more systematic use of skin-to skin contact, and early discharge, are some areas where improvements have been made, affecting breastfeeding. The aim of this meta-ethnographic study is to explore facilitators for positive breastfeeding experiences and the needs for breastfeeding support in mothers of preterm and/or LBW infants. The review focuses on mothers of preterm or low birth-weight infants and their experiences of breast milk feeding. It will include expressing breast milk and all forms of breast milk feeding methods, such as with breast, bottle, cup and tube (gavage). The experiences of breast milk feeding can emerge from any time from birth until the weaning, and hence from neonatal units as well as from at home.
Health and Social Welfare
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