Mothers’ own milk feeding with PROVIDE

  • News
  • 04 Aug. 2020

Rush University Medical Center, supported by FLRF, has produced PROVIDE – A Training Compendium on Providing Mothers’ Own Milk in NICU Settings, to help healthcare professionals bring mothers’ own milk (MOM) feeding practices to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) worldwide. 

Combining decades of research with clinical practice, the open access PROVIDE Training Compendium covers the essentials of MOM feeding and lactation care that are specific to NICUs.

Included will be:

  • Over 40 videos featuring staff, infants and families in live NICU settings, accompanied by evidence as well as clear, step by step guidance.
  • Over 20 information sheets appropriate for NICU staff, trainers and families presented in a fact-based, straightforward manner with illustrative artwork. 

MOM feeding is a lifesaving intervention for preterm infants. MOM helps to develop healthy lungs, brains, intestines, digestive and immune systems, protecting these infants from serious and costly health complications. The benefits of MOM feeding also extend into adulthood. Breastmilk has been shown to provide lifelong preventative benefits against chronic illnesses including allergy and asthma, diabetes and heart disease.

Fully digitalized for global dissemination, the PROVIDE Training Compendium can be locally adapted with translations and subtitles. Healthcare professionals can access the compendium in English at no cost via LactaHub – a resource for evidence-based breastfeeding intelligence.

Please join the LactaHub team and PROVIDE Training Compendium creator Dr. Paula P. Meier, Professor of Pediatrics and Nursing at Rush University Medical Center, for a tour on 6 August 2020 (8:00-9:30 am Chicago, USA/2:00-3:30 pm Oxford, UK) by registering on Zoom (max. 500 participants). The webinar will also be streamed live on The Global Health Network Facebook page. Questions can be asked via Zoom or Facebook Messenger. 

The PROVIDE Training Compendium is intended for use by health professionals in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). All parts of this package are primarily for training purposes and for additional information to be given to parents by NICU health professionals. The PROVIDE Training Compendium, provided by Rush University Medical Center, is not intended for use by parents or private persons without medical education and we do not raise any claim to completeness of the resources.