MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 41(4):221-229, July/August 2016.
Feeding a preterm infant can be stressful for mothers. This study evaluates changes in maternal psychological distress and its association with mothers' feeding behaviors as their preterm infants transitioned to full oral feeding. Nurses offering mothers of preterm infants emotional support may enhance maternal psychological well-being while their babies are learning to feed orally.