Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

NNAP can help neonatal units to plan improvement

Of the 750,000 babies born each year in England, Scotland and Wales, nearly 105,000 receive specialist neonatal care. The National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) supports professionals, families and commissioners in their efforts to evolve and improve the care provided to these babies.

Sam Oddie
Consultant Neonatologist and Clinical Lead for the National Neonatal Audit Programme
nnap@rcpch.ac.uk
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Keywords
loss; bereavement; breastfeeding; lactation; milk bank; milk donation
Key points
  1. Bereaved mothers who were breastfeeding have to cope with the physical effects of acute cessation of lactation while grieving for the loss of their baby.
  2. Understanding lactation science is essential in order to best help mothers during this difficult time. 
  3. Non-pharmacological and pharmacological methods to aid lactation suppression are reviewed alongside the role of lactation continuation and donation of expressed breast milk.