Good morning. I have a question about the practice of Infant driven feeding in the NICU. I recently watch the Webinar from Dandle Lion, called 'infant Driven Feeding: A Neurodevelopmental approach to feeding infants in the N ICU." I was very intrigued. In our unit now, 20 bed, we have such a diverse group of nurses, and many of us are not on the same page when it comes to when to initiate feeds, feeding plans, how to feed, and how to assess feeding sessions. I really think a systematic approach to infant feeding is needed in all units. What we need is just what Ludwig and Waitzmen says....an objective approach to assessing feeding readiness, and a more objective way to assess feeding sessions. Getting away from charting just fed poor, fair, and well, for ex. I approached our Nurse Manager and our Nurse Educator about the prospect of having our nurses take this online course offered by Ludwig and Waitzman, and they are both as excited about it as I am. We are going to have a meeting next week to discuss it. And the Nurse Educator has emailed to get a group rate for this online course.
Please offer any advice you may have pertaining to this Infant Driven Feeding approach. Do you use it in your unit? What are your experiences with it?
Here are a couple of links referring to the above webinar and course I referred to.
And a link to the Infant Driven Feeding site.