WEE NUZZLE: A Quality Initiative to Promote Non-Nutritive Breast Feeding in Order to Increase Breastmilk at Discharge for Preterm Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Non-nutritive breast feeding (NNBF) is breast/chest feeding on a breast after it has been pumped. Reduced opportunities for infants to practice direct latching may discourage parents, impact breastmilk supply, and reduce breastmilk feeding at discharge.
The objective of this Quality Improvement (QI) project is to decrease the time to first NNBF attempt by one week from a baseline of two weeks among infants <34 weeks, between May 2021 to May 2022. The global aim is to support and encourage breastfeeding, promote maternal-infant bonding, and facilitate early positive oral experiences.