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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(6) - ​

We are grateful for your continued support of Advances in Neonatal Care. As we end 2018, we are excited to announce two different new Special Series that will be running in 2019. First we will begin the year will a Special Series of articles related to Oral Feeding Strategies. Then next fall we will have a second Special Series related to The Science of Human Milk. We hope you will find these series helpful in your clinical work.

In this issue we continue our current Special Series related to Congenital Infections with a focus on prenatal screening and serologies for congenital infections as well as 2 articles focused on Syphilis. The first provides a pathophysiologic overview of the disease and the second is a Case Study to enhance your understanding. Other articles in the issue include a focus on the Golden Hour, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and End of Life Care. We also have 3 articles related to respiratory management of high-risk infants in the NICU.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Editorial Board member and our reviewers. Without the volunteer time that each of you provides, we could not have such a great publication. Have a great new year and we will be back with you in 2019!!

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