Health e-Learning had the pleasure of recently exhibiting at the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) 2014 conference in the beautiful city of Victoria, British Colombia, Canada. Thank you to all our present and past students who passed by our booth to say hi, it was so great to meet you all. In Canada there are new Human milk banks opening including in our own city here in Montreal, so we were very excited to hear what the experts had to say about human milk banking.
The conference opened with Dr. Uwe Ewald Neonatologist from Uppsala, Sweden. Imagine a family centred neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where infants and families remain together 24 hours a day and the parents provide much of the care for their children. Constant skin-to-skin care is a key element of this care. Integrating best practice into the NICU also includes family centred care, Kangaroo Mother Care, breastfeeding, breastmilk feeding and use of donor human milk.
Kerstin Hedberg Nyqvist, RN, PhD also from Uppsala, Sweden introduced us to Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative for neonatal intensive care (Neo-BFHI). There is a preliminary version of the document with evidence, standards and criteria for the steps and guiding principles, on the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) website at http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4214
We hope you enjoy this article by Arslanoglu et al., Donor Human Milk for Preterm Infants: Current Evidence and Research Directions.