Research: Human milk-based fortifier for preemies = less NEC

In this study, the researchers compared extremely premature babies receiving human milk fortified with either a human-milk-based or a cow’s-milk-based fortifier. The babies who received no cow’s milk-based products had lower rates of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Sullivan S, et. al. An Exclusively Human Milk-Based Diet Is Associated with a Lower Rate of Necrotizing Enterocolitis than […]

Kangaroo Care study

New Research Shows “Kangaroo Mother Care” Reduces Newborn Deaths More than 50 Percent, Proven to be More Effective than Incubators for Stable Preterm Babies WESTPORT, Conn., (March 26, 2010) – Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is one of the most effective ways to save preterm babies, according to a new meta-analysis released today on the […]

Preterm Infants– Breastfeeding Versus Bottle-Feeding

A few references that talk about the differences between breastfeeding & bottle-feeding preterm babies… Chapman DJ. Building the Evidence Base: Preterm Infants’ Energy Expenditure After Breastfeeding Versus Bottle-Feeding. J Hum Lact. 2010 Mar 19. [Epub ahead of print] Berger I, Weintraub V, Dollberg S, Kopolovitz R, Mandel D. Energy expenditure for breastfeeding and […]

What can happen if someone else’s breast milk is given to another child?

From the US Centers for Disease Control: “What can happen if someone else’s breast milk is given to another child?” HIV and other serious infectious diseases can be transmitted through breast milk. However, the risk of infection from a single bottle of breast milk, even if the mother is HIV positive, is extremely small. […]

Fed When Hungry, Premature Babies Go Home Sooner

McCormick FM, Tosh K, McGuire W. Ad libitum or demand/semi-demand feeding versus scheduled interval feeding for preterm infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 2. Fed When Hungry, Premature Babies Go Home Sooner Although many parents and health care providers attempt to schedule a preterm newborn’s feeding pattern, a new review of studies […]

Protocols – The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM)

So useful! Protocols – The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) These protocols serve only as guidelines for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants and do not delineate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as standards of medical care. Variations in treatment may be appropriate according to the needs of an individual patient.