Name: Fernanda Có e Gomes Tardin
Type: MSc dissertation
Publication date: 05/08/2020

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Maria Angelica Carvalho Andrade Advisor *

Examining board:

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Erika Maria Sampaio Rocha External Examiner *
Maria Angelica Carvalho Andrade Advisor *
Maria Helena Monteiro de Barros Miotto Internal Examiner *
Rita de Cássia Duarte Lima Internal Alternate *

Summary: Breastfeeding is the best food for newborns, including premature infants. In Brazil
and all over the world, breastfeeding rates in preterm infants are below the
recommended rate, due to several peculiarities of these patients admitted to the
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Objectives: to identify the structure of protection and
promotion of breastfeeding and to analyze pediatric care practices regarding the
feeding of premature infants admitted to public Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the
Metropolitan Region of Vitória, ES. Methodology: This is a qualitative research with
an exploratory design. Visits to the units and semi-structured interviews were carried
out with pediatricians from the public NICUs in the Metropolitan Region of Vitória, ES.
Semi-structured interviews, researcher's field diary and questionnaire obtained from
the Assessment Instrument of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative were used for data
collection. Thematic Content Analysis was used to analyze the data collected and the
practice of caring for premature babies was analyzed from the perspective of Ayres.
In this study, it was observed that the institutional structure of the NICUs surveyed
still presents inadequacies for the promotion and protection of breastfeeding for
premature infants. The pediatric practice of feeding care for premature infants
admitted to the NICU, according to Ayres' theoretical framework, still needs further
discussion, especially with regard to the promotion and protection of breastfeeding in
this population.

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