Breastmilk Provision for Preterm and Sick Neonates - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Breastmilk Provision for Preterm and Sick Neonates programme

This learning resource has been designed to improve education and training of all relevant staff in the support of breast milk provision for preterm and sick infants. The e-learning programme will also enable healthcare professionals to improve breastmilk provision rates at discharge from neonatal units. According to the National Neonatal Audit Programme statistics based on 2015-2016 data, 58% of eligible babies were receiving mother’s milk, exclusively or with another form of feeding, at the time of their discharge from neonatal care.

The content is suitable for all professionals who work to support/contribute to improving breastmilk provision:

  • Nurses and healthcare assistants
  • Midwives and maternity healthcare support workers
  • Medical trainees
  • All medical staff

This project was a collaboration between Health Education England, the Thames Valley and Wessex Neonatal Operational Delivery Network (ODN), Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, University Southampton Hospitals and Oxford University Hospitals.

More information

This resource can be used as a preparatory learning experience, and can also be used for performance support by the healthcare professional. The content is split into four main sections:

  1. Before expressing – what the healthcare professional should know and help the mother to understand before she starts expressing breastmilk
  2. Starting to express – how to support a mother practically and emotionally as she begins to express
  3. Increasing production – how to support mothers to maintain and increase their breastmilk supply
  4. Job aids – access to a set of useful job aids and reference tools.

Project team

  • Niamh Buttress

    Niamh Buttress

    Senior Staff Nurse/(Acting) Infant Feeding Lead for the Newborn Care Services, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Kim Edwards

    Kim Edwards

    Thames Valley and Wessex ODN (Neonatal) Nurse Education Lead and Programme Director, Wessex Neonatal Network Programme Director
  • Michelle Pople

    Michelle Pople

    Specialist Research Nurse – Infant Feeding Specialist, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • nicky_ringrose

    Nicky Ringrose

    Breastfeeding Team Sister, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Alison Potter

    Alison Potter

    Technology Enhanced Learning Lead, Health Education England, working across the South
  • Tracy Watkins

    Tracy Watkins

    Lead Instructional Designer, Health Education England, e-Learning for Healthcare.

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Breastmilk Provision for Preterm and Sick Neonates programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Breastmilk Provision for Preterm and Sick Neonates programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.


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