Thrive Guide for Parents of Premature Babies
- 1.5 hours on-demand video
- 1 article
- 51 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
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- Certificate of Completion
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- Understand the techniques to breastfeed, provide expressed milk or provide Kangaroo Care for a premature baby
- Make informed diet decisions for lactating mothers to improve the quality of the breast milk premature babies receive
- Understand alternative feeding options for babies that are unable to receive breast milk from their mother
- Locate resources for additional support with breastfeeding, expressing breast milk, providing Kangaroo Care or identifying alternative feeding options for premature babies
- No prior knowledge required
Do you have a premature baby less than six months old (adjusted age)? Do you want to learn how to provide the best nutrition for your preemie to help your baby thrive?
The Pebbles of Hope Thrive Guide for Parents of Premature Babies is an interactive course with expert information, parent testimonials, graphics and video to provide parents and other caregivers of premature infants with the information they need to provide their babies with the best care. This is the first module of the Thrive Guide, focusing on nutrition for the first six months (adjusted age), and covers topics such as breastfeeding, expressing breast milk and Kangaroo Care as a means to stimulate milk production.
Topics covered in this module include:
- Challenges preemies face
- Ways to feed your baby
- Methods to provide breast milk for preemies, techniques to stimulate milk production and how to store milk
- Guidance for successful breastfeeding and bottlefeeding
- Nutrition tips for mothers providing breast milk
- Techniques for performing Kangaroo Care
This module takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete, and additional materials, such as a lactation log, sample meal plans for lactating mothers, and a checklist for breast milk storage, are also made available for download throughout the course. Additional materials have also been provided by La Leche League USA. All content has been reviewed and approved by our expert advisory panel of neonatologists, perinatologists, neonatal nurses, pediatricians, pediatric nutritionists and occupational therapists prior to inclusion within the course.
- Parents of premature babies aged 6 months (adjusted) or younger
- Women experiencing high-risk pregnancy with high likelihood to deliver pre-term
- Parents with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
- Grandparents of premature babies aged 6 months (adjusted) or younger who will be involved in the baby's care
- Caregivers of premature babies aged 6 months (adjusted) or younger, including home nurses, nannies and babysitters
In this lecture, I’ll go over the broad topics we’ll cover in the course. I’ll also touch on how this course can help you provide the best care for your preemie and what you can expect to learn.
Here I’ll give you information about the organization that is delivering this course to you.
In this lecture, you’ll learn that even if your baby was born prematurely, there are many things you as a parent or caregiver can do to help.
Here you’ll learn about the conditions that make premature babies unique and how underdevelopment may affect them.
Neonatal nurse, Mary Bubbers, explains the ways in which preemies face unique challenges and how they are different from full-term babies.
Now it’s time to show what you know about storing breast milk.
Chad is helping his wife, Jennifer, care for their daughter Emily. Emily is a preemie and not yet breastfeeding.
Chad wants to know if the breast milk Jennifer expressed and set aside is safe for Emily.
Amina is getting frustrated. She never knows if Ahmed is hungry or not. She feeds him every three hours, and he doesn’t seem interested. She’s been alternating between bottles and breastfeeding and neither seems better than the other.
She also is worried he isn’t getting enough milk. How can Amina tell whether or not Ahmed is hungry? How does she know whether or not he is getting enough food?
For each statement, indicate whether the statement is true or false.