NICU Nurses Provide Support and Determination To Achieve Breastfeeding Goals

Posted : 12/10/18 in In the News

NICU Nurses Provide Support and Determination To Achieve Breastfeeding Goals
Ellie MacGregor
(Contributor)

Posted 8 months ago

Infants born with unique medical conditions may have a long list of complications when it comes to feeding practices. Support for a mother and her family in this situation is a pillar in what it means to be a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC).

 

In Colorado, Noel Wier, BSN, RN, CLC, and her colleagues at a level IV NICU help moms with babies born with special challenges succeed in breastfeeding.  Her patient population includes babies with multifactorial challenges, such as structural abnormalities and perinatal brain injuries. In such high stress situations, the insistence to breastfeed tends to dissipate among the healthcare team, but the importance of the practice does not.

 

However, Wier and her team manage to integrate human milk and breastfeeding into their care.  This support has allowed many patients to defy the odds of their situation when it comes to breastfeeding, and Wier feels that this has made a profound impact.

 

Watching a mother go from a position where they feel they can hardly touch their children, to a place where mothers feel empowered to advocate for themselves and their breastfeeding goals, is a true success for a CLC like Wier.