Supporting the breastfeeding mother with a hospitalised infant
When caring for an unwell, breastfeeding infant, paediatric nurses need to be mindful of including the mother in their plan of care. These mothers have unique needs and the hospitalised infant provides nurses with a unique opportunity to discuss feeding-related concerns and to refer to more specialised advice when appropriate.
Paediatric Nurse, Midwife and Lactation Consultant
Rowena Gray has a background in paediatric nursing and midwifery before becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2010 after falling in love with supporting mothers to have a better breastfeeding experience.
Her passion lies in sharing information in a way that is ‘no-nonsense’, understandable and relevant to the individual needs of each mum, bub and family.
Rowena is the author of ‘Born to Breastfeed – the first six weeks and beyond’ and has also published breastfeeding articles in parenting magazines (The Natural Parent Magazine & Nurture Parenting) as well as online. (Medium.com).
A mother to three young daughters, Rowena has experienced the ups and downs of breastfeeding firsthand.
She has been working in private practice in Melbourne since 2012 and also runs a monthly breastfeeding education workshop in the western suburbs.
When she’s not working with Mums and bubs Rowena enjoys spending time outdoors on a bike with her husband and 3 girls.