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July 2002

A Premie Needs His Mother: First Steps to Breastfeeding Your Premature Baby

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by Jane Morton, MD, videotape or DVD, 56 minutes, color, $125 for 1 to 10 copies, $95 for 10 to 49 copies, and $65 for 50 or more copies, call 1-888-JMORTON for prices with orders of 100 or more copies, Palo Alto, Calif, Videotransform, 2002.


Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156(7):731-732. doi:10.1001/archpedi.156.7.731

The search continues for the perfect breastfeeding video for families in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). "A Premie Needs His Mother" by Dr Morton of Stanford University (Stanford, Calif) comes very close. This hour-long video is divided into sections. "The Benefits of Breastfeeding" and "How to Pump Your Breasts" are meant to be viewed during pregnancy. "Learning to Breastfeed and Coming Home" is designed to be watched "as soon as the baby is strong enough to be held in the parents' arms." The topics are current, the information is accurate, the section on "kangaroo care" is fascinating, and the practical tips on how to express milk are clever and useful. Some weaknesses of the video are that it includes few culturally diverse families, its tone and language are sometimes better suited to health care professionals, and there are a lack of practical tips for the post-NICU–discharge phase of learning to breastfeed.

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