Clinical Benefits of Liquid Human Milk Fortifier
Human milk feeding is associated with substantial benefits to the health of all infants, but especially for premature infants. The use of mother’s own milk or donor milk in preterm infants is associated with reduced infectious and inflammatory disease, enhanced neurodevelopmental outcome, and, in a good nutritional program, with healthy early postnatal growth patterns. Unfortunately, human milk alone does not provide the concentrations of nutrients, especially calcium, phosphorus, protein, and fat, needed for infants to grow satisfactorily. Consequently, fortifiers were developed to help increase the nutrient content of human milk.
Concern has been raised about the exposure to non-human protein sources and the infectious risks of powder-based fortifiers and formulas in the NICU. Because of these concerns, Prolacta has developed an all human milk-based, Prolact+ H2MF® all liquid milk fortifier which meets the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for the use of liquid feeding in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
As a science driven company, we are committed to improving infant nutrition through the use of human milk formulations in the NICU. Prolacta manufactures the first and only liquid, all HMF made exclusively from donated breast milk intended for premature infants born weighing 1250 grams or less at birth. It is the only liquid HMF that doesn’t contain any cow’s milk proteins. A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that when Prolact+ H2MF® was added to human milk and fed to premature infants weighing 500-1250g at birth, the odds of developing NEC was reduced by 77% compared to infants fed human milk fortified with cow milk-based human milk fortifier or preterm infant formula, when mother’s milk was unavailable. NEC is a dangerous intestinal infection that primarily affects premature infants. It is one of the leading causes of death in preemies.
American Dietetic Association Recommendations:
The ADA and CDC recommends the use of liquid infant formula in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) unless there is no alternative to powdered formula available. Only the attending physician or neonatologist should determine which feeding solution is appropriate for the nutritional benefits of your infant.
Fortifying breast milk with Prolact+ H2MF® is the only way preemies in the NICU can benefit from a 100% human milk-based, liquid, fortified diet at this important time. Speak with your baby’s health care provider to learn more about providing an exclusively human milk-based diet to your infant.