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Keywords

Breastfeeding, Kangaroo Care

 

Authors

  1. Meyer, Kathryn BA, RN
  2. Anderson, Gene Cranston PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

Usually Kangaroo Care (KC) or skin-to-skin holding care is done with preterm infants. This article, however, documents clinical experiences with three mothers and their fullterm infants who were having latching/breastfeeding difficulties. In each case the nurse placed the fullterm infant in KC for approximately 1 hour prior to and continuing into the next breastfeeding session.

 

Although no recommendations can be made based on case studies, these clinical experiences suggest that KC is a worthwhile intervention to try when a mother and her fullterm infant are struggling to achieve successful breastfeeding.