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Special Series: The Science and Evidence surrounding the Clinical Use of Human Milk in the NICU

Target Publication Dates: Fall 2019 Advances in Neonatal Care, 2019(5) and 2019(6)

Submission Dates: Immediately through February, 2019.

The use of human milk in the NICU is increasingly standard-of-care yet, are there ways we could  be enhancing the use of human milk to optimize infant outcomes? Are the current caregiving practices surrounding the use of human milk evidence-based? And, do all member of the caregiving team have the information they need to make the best decisions surrounding the use of human milk? This special series will address human milk use to best support high-risk infants. Clinical projects optimizing the use of human milk are welcome as well as manuscripts providing synthesis of evidence including: state of the science papers, systematic or integrative reviews, concept analyses, and reports of research using human milk.  ​

If interested in submitting a manuscript for this special series please submit the following items for consideration to the guest editor or co-editors by 1/01/2019:

  1. A working manuscript title
  2. Authors
  3. Short synopsis of your planned manuscript (3-4 sentences outlining content)
  4. Planned submission date (before 3/01/2019)


Submission of this information sooner rather than later will help us with planning the series.

Please submit your ideas or comments to:

Guest Editor: Dr. Leslie Parker, PhD, RN, FAAN

Or Co-Editors for Advances in Neonatal Care

Jacqueline McGrath

Debra Brandon

From the Editors for 2018(5) - ​

Welcome to Fall and NANN conference time! With ANC Issue 5 we have the pleasure of introducing our two-part special series on congenital infections developed in coordination with our guest editor Dr. Desi Newberry. This special series highlights clinical management issues in an area of neonatal care with increasing prevalence in the NICU. In Issue 5 there are topics on congenital HIV, tuberculosis, as well as two articles on Zika. These clinical articles provide important insights into the care management of neonates with congenital infections. Other articles in this issue impacting clinical practice include temperature and humidity with mechanical ventilation, glucose gel for hypoglycemia, infant sleep and NICU noise, high-flow nasal cannula practice, neonatal thrombocytopenia, and assessment of early feeding skills. Finally an article on procedural simulation provides useful checklists for NNP performance.

We hope you will enjoy this issue and as always we welcome your feedback!

Multisensory Intervention for Preterm Infants Improves Sucking Organization

An intervention to teach mothers of preterm infants how to interact with their babies more effectively results in better weight gain and growth for the infants. This Advances in Neonatal Care article shows that infants who receive this intervention grow better and also more rapidly develop the muscle control needed for successful feeding.

Click here to read the article!

Current Issue Highlights

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Congenital Infections

Correlation of Premature Infant Sleep/Wakefulness and Noise Levels in the Presence or Absence of “Quiet Time”

Pugliesi, Raiani Roberta; Campillos, Michelle Siqueira; Calado Orsi, Kelly Cristina Sbampato; More

Advances in Neonatal Care. 18(5):393-399, October 2018.