• Suzanne H. Campbell PhD, APRN-C, IBCLC,

  • Carrie Gutman RN, BSN, BA


Promoting breastfeeding of preterm infants offers clinical challenges for maternal-child nurses, and requires understanding the experience of the mother. Maternal-child nurses, in collaboration with hospital- and community-based lactation specialists, can meet the unique needs of preterm infants and their mothers. There are several opportunities for nurses to educate other health care professionals in the care of preterm infants and their mothers. The case study in this article presents one mother’s experience of delivering a preterm infant and the many obstacles to breastfeeding that she encountered, and it also offers suggestions for what nurses and other health care professionals can do to make sure other mothers have a more positive experience.