PROVIDE is an evidence-based training compendium on providing mothers’ own milk in NICU settings. It is designed to support healthcare professionals in implementing life-saving care practices for infants in intensive care with breastmilk.


  • Lead school School of Health Professions
  • Institute Midwifery
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration 01.03.2023 - 31.12.2023
  • Project management Anja Hurni
  • Head of project Prof. Dr. Eva Cignacco Müller
  • Partner Familie Larsson-Rosenquist
  • Keywords Neonatology, Mother's milk, Breastfeeding, Premature babies


Building on the evidence that feeding premature infants with breast milk in the intensive care unit reduces the risk of many premature birth complications and associated costs, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago (USA), with support from the Larsson-Rosenquist Family Foundation, has created the PROVIDE Training Compendium. The freely available website offers professionals practical guidance in the form of short training videos and fact sheets.

Course of action

The Bern University of Applied Sciences has translated the original publication "Translating Research to Practice: Evidence-Based Toolkit to Optimize Mothers' Own Milk Feeding in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)" into German and adapted it for use in Switzerland. The translation into French was carried out with the support of the Haute Ecole de Santé Vaud in Lausanne.


The freely available website contains over 30 instructional videos and 20 information sheets and offers professionals practical instructions in German, French and English. It can also be used for mothers and families when accompanied by health professionals and can be used in vocational courses and further training.

This project contributes to the following SDGs

  • 3: Good health and well-being