This innovative feeding program is aimed at individualizing the feeding experience for infants in the NICU. The program introduces the learner to the social context of the feeding experience and how it can affect both the pre-term and/or critically ill infant and the family. The caregiver acquires a deeper understanding of the crucial nature of the feeding experience and the implications of feeding interventions that impact the vulnerable infant. Participants will come away with tools to promote and implement changes in feeding practices within their own units.
What you will learn:
- How to understand the anatomical and functional components necessary for safe and efficient feeding
- How to implement environmental modifications that enhance the feeding experience for both the infant and family
- How to incorporate goals for successful oral feeding (breast and/or bottle) within the NICU
- How to initiate practice change for infant-driven feeding while learning new feeding techniques
8.7 contact hours for nurses
7.5 contact hours for occupational therapists