Support of natural nutrition of preterm infants considering multicultural specifics

Michaela Abrmanová, Martin Červený, Inka Kratochvílová, Iva Brabcová
University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Emergency Care, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Korespondenční autor: Michaela Abrmanová (

ISSN 1804-7181 (On-line)

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Submitted:29. 11. 2022
Accepted: 1. 3. 2023
Published online: 30. 6. 2023


Introduction: Breastfeeding is particularly important for preterm infants, and not only from a nutritional point of view. The nursing goal is to get babies to breastfeed as early as possible, to initiate and maintain lactation. Premature babies who are unable to suck directly from the breast can be fed with expressed breast milk. The professionalism of the paediatric nurse is also an important factor in all areas. In a rapidly changing health service, paediatric nurses with a high level of cultural understanding, who adhere to all ethical principles and keep abreast of current societal developments, are needed.

Aim: The aim of the present paper is to describe nursing interventions in breastfeeding premature babies with respect to multicultural specificities.

Methods: The review study has a literature review design. Databases such as EBSCOhost, SCOPUS, PubMed, and Web of Science were used to search for relevant sources.

Results: A total of 58 articles were identified, of which 11 peer-reviewed articles were included in the analysis. This study highlights the importance of full breastfeeding for preterm infants, both from a nutritional and general multicultural perspective.

Conclusions: All mothers and babies should be treated individually. It is important to fully support breastfeeding with respect to individual specific cultural differences. Breast milk should always be the first choice for preterm infants. Appropriate multicultural care can be used to support mothers in providing culturally safe care for preterm infants.

Keywords: Breastfeeding; Multicultural care; Nursing interventions; Preterm infant


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