Publications by authors named "Lorraine Seiter"

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Fathers' perceptions of supportive behaviors for the provision of breast milk to premature infants.

Adv Neonatal Care 2006 Dec;6(6):341-8

St. Louis Children's Hospital, One Children's Place, NICU/5E-10, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA.

Purpose: To explore fathers' perceptions of behaviors used to support the provision of breast milk to hospitalized premature infants.

Subjects: Sixteen English-speaking fathers who, each were at least 15 years of age, had a hospitalized premature infant between 24 and 32 weeks gestation and a partner who had decided to provide breast milk.

Design: As part of a larger, exploratory study, a qualitative descriptive study was conducted to analyze fathers' perceived contributions to the process of providing breast milk.

Methods: Fathers were interviewed with a semi-structured interview guide. All interviews were audiotaped, and verbatim transcripts were analyzed by using qualitative descriptive methods.

Main Outcome Measure: Supportive behaviors as identified by fathers of hospitalized premature infants.

Principal Results: Fathers described 3 types of behaviors used to support the provision of breast milk to their hospitalized premature infants: assistance with the pumping process, assumption of additional daily domestic responsibilities, and provision of moral support.

Conclusions: Results from this study suggest several significant behaviors that fathers perceived they performed to support their partners' efforts to provide breast milk to their hospitalized premature infants.
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December 2006

The NICU experience of lactation and its relationship to family management style.

MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs 2006 Mar-Apr;31(2):95-100

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, School of Nursing, Edwardsville, IL. USA.

Purpose: To describe the impact of having a premature infant hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) on the parents' management of the lactation experience.

Study Design And Methods: A descriptive study using interviews was conducted with nine couples who had decided to breastfeed, and who were parents of premature infants, 24 to 32 weeks gestation, hospitalized in a large, Midwestern NICU. The family management style conceptual framework guided the study. Qualitative descriptive methods were used to analyze the transcribed data.

Results: The situational context of having a premature infant in the NICU was defined as "stressful," "frightening," and "difficult," while the experience of providing breast milk was defined in terms of "altered expectations," "difficulties," and "rewards." These definitions along with the management behaviors of each parent validated three family management-style typologies for lactation in families of premature infants: facilitating, maintaining, and obstructing.

Clinical Implications: The family management style of lactation, which can be easily ascertained by interviewing families, may be a useful tool in planning appropriate interventions to promote lactation success.
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May 2006