Leslie A Parker

Leslie A Parker, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN

Associate Professor

Department: Biobehavioral Nursing Science
Business Phone: (352) 273-6384
Business Email: parkela@ufl.edu

About Leslie A Parker

RESEARCH/SCHOLARSHIP

Dr. Parker’s research involves nutritional support of the premature infant with an emphasis on breastfeeding infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). She has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research to study (1) the risks and benefits of routine gastric residual aspiration and evaluation in very premature infants and (2) the optimal timing of initiation of milk expression following the delivery of a very premature infant. She recently received a 2018 Research Opportunity grant to study strategies to increase lactation success in mothers of extremely premature infants. She received a UF Term Professorship award in 2017.

SERVICE

Dr. Parker is board certified as a neonatal nurse practitioner by the National Certification Corporation. She has an active practice as a neonatal nurse practitioner in the NICU at UF Health.

Accomplishments

Kim Nolan Spirit Award for Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
2008 · Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
Awarded
1998 · Outstanding Young Women of America
Member
1997 · Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society

Board Certifications

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
    National Certification Corporation

Research Profile

Nutrition of critically ill and premature infants. Increasing delivery of breast milk. Decreasing insufficient milk supply and delayed lactogenesis stage II. Assessment of gastric residuals.

Publications

2021
Decreasing Admissions to the NICU: An Official Transition Bed for Neonates.
Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. 21(1):87-91 [DOI] 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000765. [PMID] 32384327.
2021
Effect of Postpartum Depo Medroxyprogesterone Acetate on Lactation in Mothers of Very Low-Birth-Weight Infants.
Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. [DOI] 10.1089/bfm.2020.0336. [PMID] 33913765.
2021
Feeding Strategies in Preterm Very Low Birth-Weight Infants: State-of-the-Science Review.
Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. [DOI] 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000849. [PMID] 33675303.
2021
Frozen Mother’s Own Milk Can Be Used Effectively to Personalize Donor Human Milk.
Frontiers in microbiology. 12 [DOI] 10.3389/fmicb.2021.656889. [PMID] 33936012.
2021
Human milk microbes: Strategies to improve delivery to the infant.
Seminars in perinatology. [DOI] 10.1016/j.semperi.2021.151451. [PMID] 34266676.
2021
Measures of Lactation Outcomes in Women Delivering Preterm Infants.
Nursing research. 70(3):193-199 [DOI] 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000502. [PMID] 33891382.
2021
Milk Volume Outcomes in Pump-Dependent Mothers of Critically Ill Infants.
Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. [DOI] 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000888. [PMID] 33958519.
2021
Strategies to Improve Mother’s Own Milk Expression in Black and Hispanic Mothers of Premature Infants.
Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. [DOI] 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000866. [PMID] 33756497.
2021
The Need for Personalized Feeding Strategies in High-Risk Infants.
The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing. 35(1):16-18 [DOI] 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000544. [PMID] 33528182.
2020
A Qualitative Study of Pregnant Women’s Perspectives on Antibiotic Use for Mom and Child: Implications for Developing Tailored Health Education Interventions.
Antibiotics (Basel, Switzerland). 9(10) [DOI] 10.3390/antibiotics9100704. [PMID] 33076539.
2020
Demographic, Social, and Personal Factors Associated with Lactation Cessation by 6 Weeks in Mothers of Very Low Birth Weight Infants.
Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association. [DOI] 10.1177/0890334420940239. [PMID] 33030992.
2020
Determinants of the Very Low-Birth-Weight Infant’s Intestinal Microbiome: A Systematic Review.
The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing. 34(3):257-275 [DOI] 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000506. [PMID] 32697547.
2020
Effect of Aspiration and Evaluation of Gastric Residuals on Intestinal Inflammation, Bleeding, and Gastrointestinal Peptide Level.
The Journal of pediatrics. 217:165-171.e2 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.10.036. [PMID] 31757473.
2020
Indicators of Secretory Activation in Mothers of Preterm Very Low Birth Weight Infants.
Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association. [DOI] 10.1177/0890334420980424. [PMID] 33351691.
2020
Metabolomic Profile of Personalized Donor Human Milk.
Molecules (Basel, Switzerland). 25(24) [DOI] 10.3390/molecules25245783. [PMID] 33302441.
2020
Optimizing Mother’s Own Milk Production in Mothers Delivering Critically Ill Infants.
The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing. 34(1):13-15 [DOI] 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000461. [PMID] 31996640.
2020
Timing of milk expression following delivery in mothers delivering preterm very low birth weight infants: a randomized trial.
Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association. 40(8):1236-1245 [DOI] 10.1038/s41372-020-0688-z. [PMID] 32461626.
2019
Acidity of Enteral Feeding Tube Aspirate in Neonates: Do pH Values Meet the Cutoff for Predicting Gastric Placement?
Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. 19(4):333-341 [DOI] 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000591. [PMID] 30720480.
2019
Consumption of Mother’s Own Milk by Infants Born Extremely Preterm Following Implementation of a Donor Human Milk Program: A Retrospective Cohort Study.
The Journal of pediatrics. 211:33-38 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.03.040. [PMID] 31060805.
2019
Donor Human Milk: Overcoming the Challenges.
The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing. 33(3):216-218 [DOI] 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000425. [PMID] 31335848.
2019
Effect of Gastric Residual Evaluation on Enteral Intake in Extremely Preterm Infants: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
JAMA pediatrics. 173(6):534-543 [DOI] 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.0800. [PMID] 31034045.
2019
Initial microbial community of the neonatal stomach immediately after birth.
Gut microbes. 10(3):289-297 [DOI] 10.1080/19490976.2018.1520578. [PMID] 30404568.
2019
RESPONSE TO LETTER TO THE EDITOR.
Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. 19(2):82-83 [DOI] 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000588. [PMID] 30720479.
2019
Special Issue on the Science of Human Milk.
Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. 19(5):343-344 [DOI] 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000661. [PMID] 31651466.
2018
Comparison of Neonatal Nursing Practices for Determining Feeding Tube Insertion Length and Verifying Gastric Placement With Current Best Evidence.
Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. 18(4):307-317 [DOI] 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000526. [PMID] 29889728.
2018
Facilitating Early Breast Milk Expression in Mothers of Very Low Birth Weight Infants.
MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing. 43(2):105-110 [DOI] 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000408. [PMID] 29470268.
2017
Necrotizing Enterocolitis and Human Milk Feeding: A Systematic Review.
Clinics in perinatology. 44(1):49-67 [DOI] 10.1016/j.clp.2016.11.009. [PMID] 28159209.
2017
Personalization of the Microbiota of Donor Human Milk with Mother’s Own Milk.
Frontiers in microbiology. 8 [DOI] 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01470. [PMID] 28824595.
2015
Aspiration and evaluation of gastric residuals in the neonatal intensive care unit: state of the science.
The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing. 29(1):51-9; quiz E2 [DOI] 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000080. [PMID] 25633400.
2015
Association of timing of initiation of breastmilk expression on milk volume and timing of lactogenesis stage II among mothers of very low-birth-weight infants.
Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. 10(2):84-91 [DOI] 10.1089/bfm.2014.0089. [PMID] 25659030.
2015
Gastrointestinal conditions and serious liver-related complications in pregnant women.
The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing. 29(1):1-2 [DOI] 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000084. [PMID] 25633392.
2015
Reply–Gastric residuals, feeding intolerance, and nectrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants.
Pediatrics and neonatology. 56(2):138-9 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pedneo.2014.10.007. [PMID] 25623004.
2015
The value of routine evaluation of gastric residuals in very low birth weight infants.
Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association. 35(1):57-60 [DOI] 10.1038/jp.2014.147. [PMID] 25166623.
2014
Gastric residual evaluation in preterm neonates: a useful monitoring technique or a hindrance?
Pediatrics and neonatology. 55(5):335-40 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pedneo.2014.02.008. [PMID] 25129325.
2013
Necrotizing enterocolitis: have we made any progress in reducing the risk?
Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. 13(5):317-24; quiz 325 [DOI] 10.1097/ANC.0b013e31829a872c. [PMID] 24042135.
2013
Scientifically Based Strategies for Enteral Feeding in Premature Infants
NeoReviews. 14(7):E350-E359
2013
Strategies to increase milk volume in mothers of VLBW infants.
MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing. 38(6):385-90 [DOI] 10.1097/NMC.0b013e3182a1fc2f. [PMID] 24145494.
2012
Ethics Decisions and Dilemmas Related to Resuscitation of Infants Born on the Verge of Viability
Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews. 12(1):27-32
2012
Effect of breast milk on hospital costs and length of stay among very low-birth-weight infants in the NICU
Advances in Neonatal Care. [DOI] 10.1097/ANC.0b013e318260921a. [PMID] 22864006.
2012
Effect of breast milk on hospital costs and length of stay among very low-birth-weight infants in the NICU.
Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. 12(4):254-9 [DOI] 10.1097/ANC.0b013e318260921a. [PMID] 22864006.
2012
Effect of early breast milk expression on milk volume and timing of lactogenesis stage II among mothers of very low birth weight infants: a pilot study.
Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association. 32(3):205-9 [DOI] 10.1038/jp.2011.78. [PMID] 21904296.
2010
Maternal voice and short-term outcomes in preterm infants.
Developmental psychobiology. 52(2):205-12 [DOI] 10.1002/dev.20426. [PMID] 20112262.
2007
Neonatal intensive care unit sound levels before and after structural reconstruction.
MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing. 32(6):358-62 [PMID] 17968218.
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2006
Part 2: Birth trauma: injuries to the intraabdominal organs, peripheral nerves, and skeletal system.
Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. 6(1):7-14 [PMID] 16458246.
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2005
Elevated sound levels within a busy NICU.
Neonatal network : NN. 24(6):33-7 [PMID] 16383183.
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2005
Part 1: early recognition and treatment of birth trauma: injuries to the head and face.
Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. 5(6):288-97; quiz 298 [PMID] 16338668.
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2002
Kangaroo care for adoptive parents and their critically ill preterm infant.
MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing. 27(4):230-2 [PMID] 12131274.
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1999
State of the art. Neonatal respiratory failure.
Critical care nursing clinics of North America. 11(4):493-9 [PMID] 10855113.
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1998
Ambiguous genitalia: etiology, treatment, and nursing implications.
Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN. 27(1):15-22 [PMID] 9475123.
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1997
Severe congenital neutropenia: a case study.
Neonatal network : NN. 16(8):17-21 [PMID] 9429449.
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1997
Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone.
Neonatal network : NN. 16(4):69-71 [PMID] 9216326.
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Grants

Aug 2021 ACTIVE
Neonatal cutaneous microbiome predictors of infantile eczema
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL ECZEMA ASSOC via PEDIATRIC DERMATOLOGY RES ALLIANCE
Nov 2019 – Apr 2021
Improving Lactation Success in Mothers of Critically Infants Using Personalized Real-Time Biomarker Based Text Messages
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL
Aug 2018 ACTIVE
Optimal Feeding Tube Dwell Time in VLBW to Reduce Feeding Tube Contamination
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NINR
Jun 2018 – May 2020
OR-DRPD-ROF2018: Improving Lactation Success in Mothers of Preterm Infants Through Provision of Antenatal Education to Their Support Person ?
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: UF RESEARCH
Jun 2013 – May 2016
Adequate Breast Milk for Improved Health of Very Low Birth Weight Preterm Infants
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NINR
Mar 2013 – Jan 2018
Routine Aspiration of Residual Gastric Contents in Very Low Birth Weight Infants
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NINR

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2017-2020
NGR7940L Residency in Adv Nurs
2019-2020
NUR3168 Lead and Inspire 2: Research and Evidence-Based Nursing
2017-2021
NGR7970L Adv Nursing Project
2020-2021
NGR6937 Synthesis and Integration of State of the Science Research
2016,2019-2020
NUR4905 Individual Study
2017-2018
NUR3145 Pharmacology for Nursing
2018
NGR7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2016-2018
NGR7979 Advanced Research
2007-2014,2017-2018
NGR6941 Practicum in Nursing
2014,2017
NUR4944L Transition to Professional Practice
2008,2010-2017,2017
NGR6944 Indiv Clinic Practice
2006-2012,2014
NGR6323C Neonatal Nurs Pract 3
2006-2014
NGR6321C Neonatal Nurs Pract 2
2009-2012
NGR6054C Adv Neonat Assess/Dia
2006-2012
NGR6320C Neonatal Nurs Pract 1
2008,2010-2011
NGR6905 Individual Study
2010-2011
NGR6371 Pharmaco Adv Pra Neo
2006-2009
NGR6175 Pharmaco Adv Pra Neo
2006-2008
NGR6020C Adv Neonat Assess/Dia
2021
NGR7835 Nurse Scientist and Scholar II

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-6384
Emails:
Business:
parkela@ufl.edu