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Theory of Maternal Provisional of Motherís Milk

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The Theory of Maternal Provisional of Motherís Milk in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Grounded Theory Analysis

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This interdisciplinary project will incorporate the disciplines of Nursing and housed within the Hope College Department of Nursing. Motherís breast milk is the preferred nutrition for all infants, mothers of extremely preterm (EP), and very low birth weight (VLBW) infants. However, they struggle to make enough milk for their infants during the infantís neonatal intensive care (NICU) hospitalization. Few published studies have analyzed factors that support or impede the maternal provision of milk in the NICU. The purpose of this analysis is to generate a Theory of Maternal Provisional of Motherís Milk in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Mothers of EP VLBW infants were interviewed, some initially after sustaining a low supply of milk and others throughout their infantís hospitalization, to identify perceived factors associated with their ability to make milk for their infants. This data is currently being migrated to Dedoose, an online qualitative research analysis web application. Conventional content analysis will be used to derive categories from the data and capture commonalities and differences across mothersí perceptions and experiences. Common categories and shared patterns from the data continue to be identified through within- and across-case analysis to group the data into larger themes.

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