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Breastfeeding Can Look Different on Everyone

Celebrating Lactation in the NICU.
World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August gave us reasons to elevate the conversation about breastfeeding and mothers’ own milk as key ingredients for healthy infants and children. These lactation celebrations are a great reminder that “breastfeeding” can look different from family to family. While we typically see breastfeeding images that feature a mom cradling a baby to feed, the reality is that lactation can take many different forms depending on the mother and the baby’s unique circumstances.

For infants who are medically unstable or premature, direct breastfeeding may not be a good fit for meeting their nutritional needs. If you’re a NICU parent, that means breastfeeding – or parenthood in general, for that matter – may not look exactly as you envisioned it would.

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Showing Appreciation to the Unsung Heroes of NICUs

AngelEye Health recently sat down to catch up with Kati Knudsen, PT, NPT, CNT, DCS, CLE, lead therapist, in-patient, pediatrics & NICU, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Kati is a seasoned pediatric and NICU therapist with more than 20 years of direct in-patient experience. In addition to achieving a variety of neonatal and pediatric specific certifications and publishing numerous articles advocating for support for preterm and medically fragile infants, Kati is a leader in the national NICU community. She is currently a member of the Vermont Oxford Network Multidisciplinary Advisory Council, a current member and past co-chair of the Neonatal Therapy Certification Board, and a member of the AngelEye Health Clinical Advisory Board.

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Elevating the NICU Parent Engagement Experience One Feeding at a Time

National Breastfeeding Month, a healthcare industry observance focused on building a landscape for breastfeeding support is coming to a close. This year’s theme, “Every Step of the Way”, was particularly poignant, calling for the industry to rally around the idea of a world in which every family is supported at every step along the infant feeding journey. At AngelEye Health, we are dedicated to elevating the NICU experience for families and their babies, offering a suite of next generation technology solutions designed to create maximum parental engagement, including feeding and nutrition.

When we were introduced to MilkTracker, we were particularly drawn to them because of their dedication to supporting clinical teams and parents in their feeding and milk management processes.

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“One Degree”

They say that the destination of a flight completely changes if the trajectory is moved by one degree. Earlier this year, one of my most exciting projects to date went live. As a project manager for most of my healthcare career, I have had plenty of ‘Go Lives’ but not one that has tugged on my heart strings like this one did; especially one story in particular (but we’ll get to that- hang in there with me).

From the very beginning, South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) has been incredibly innovative in their approach. As a facility nestled in a community with a lot of military families, SGMC understood the importance of bridging the gap for family members who were deployed and would miss out on one of life’s most precious milestones- having a baby (or babies). Read how this innovative hospital is serving its community at home and afar…

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A NICU Stay During The Pandemic

My son was born at 28 weeks gestation and then spent 99 very long days in the NICU. It wasn’t until we had been home for several months that I started to process the trauma and isolation I experienced throughout his NICU stay. I survived his hospitalization by developing a fight or flight mindset in an effort to protect myself… I focused on every detail of his daily care and, at the time, failed to recognize how abnormal our overall experience was. As a NICU nurse myself, I openly had very high expectations.. I set boundaries for myself with the hopes of not becoming an overbearing, difficult parent…

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A Picture is Worth More Than a Thousand Words

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to provide emotional support to many mothers whose babies were admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). As a NICU nurse, I would recite the same comforting words to each mother as she was discharged and forced to leave the hospital without her newborn. It was not until I had to leave my 28-week son, Theo, in the NICU that I fully understood the trauma of being physically separated from him. I was just starting to mentally and physically comprehend that I was no longer pregnant when I was discharged home on his sixth day of life. As I was wheeled through the lobby to go home, I sobbed as I held my empty, tender belly, longing to feel his gentle kicks again. Leaving the hospital without him was the most unnatural, painful, and confusing experience I have ever endured.

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