Sunday, February 28, 2010

Feeding orphaned infants

Here I'm examining a 2-month-old girl brought to an International Medical Corps mobile clinic in Petionville.

The infant suffered from malnutrition as her father struggled to feed her in the absence of the child’s mother who perished in the earthquake 2 weeks prior.

Mashing up whatever food he could find to feed the newborn infant, the father looked to International Medical Corps to assist him in feeding his child. Haitian nurses assisting in the mobile clinic identified a local breastfeeding mother who volunteered to help feed the child, and both parties were managed by the nearby DMAT clinic to coordinate a wet-nursing schedule.

Doctor Jennifer Schwieger

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