Fernandez Hospital was pleased to have Professor Paula Meier deliver an enlightening lecture on Lactation in Preterm Babies and Ways to Improve MOM Usage in Very Low Birth Weight Babies. Professor Meier is the Director for Clinical Research and Lactation in the NICU and is a professor of Pediatrics and Nursing at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.
The lecture on 24th November at our Stork Home Unit at Banjara Hills started with a presentation by Neonatologists Dr. Srinivas Murki and Dr. Hemasree giving an overview of our efforts in this area. The presentation highlighted our achievements of introducing the Milk Bank, Kangaroo Mother Care and the Family Centric Unit. They also focused on our research in the area, quality improvement projects and some of the challenges we face surrounding preterms and very low birth weight babies.
This was followed by Professor Meier’s lecture that stressed on practices that can be implemented to cope with the challenges that we face. In this interactive session importance was given to starting immediate skin to skin contact, Kangaroo Mother Care, initiating breast pumping as early as possible and frequently to build and maintain the mother’s milk supply, tasting of milk at mother’s breast and the continued need for research in this field.