The neonatal nurse: advocating for breastfeeding mothers

Colm Darby, Sharon Nurse

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Accurate information and support from healthcare professionals as well as respect for parental choice are all factors which contribute to effective breastfeeding in the neonatal unit; with this in mind, Colm Darby and Sharon Nurse discuss the potential problems in expressing breast milk and the interventions which might be effective in avoiding them. Advocacy is an inherent part of neonatal nurses' role whilst caring for sick, vulnerable babies. Colm Darby is a male neonatal nurse working in a predominantly female environment and passionately believes in supporting and advocating for mothers who want to provide breast milk for their babies. In this article, CoIm uses Borton's model of reflection to discuss how he acted as an effective advocate for such a mother.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages3
JournalThe Practising Midwife
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2016


  • Advocate
  • Breastfeeding
  • Neonatal unit

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