Milk as Medicine - Benefits of an Exclusive Human Milk Diet in the Preterm and High Risk Infant

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Learning Objectives

  • Review the physiology of the infant's gut as an immune organ
  • Evaluate the components of human milk, especially human milk oligosaccharides (HMO)
  • Discuss the impact of human milk and nutrition on the neonatal microbiome, brain, cell and tissue
  • Examine the AAP 2012 Policy on Breastfeeding and Use of Human Milk, and the AAP 2016 Policy on Donor Milk
  • Explore how to implement an exclusive human milk diet for extremely premature infants
  • Review the literature on the clinical outcomes in the use of an exclusive human milk diet for <1250g infants

About the Speaker

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Terry S. Johnson, APN, NNP-BC, CLEC, ASPPS, MN, CE

Director, Education and Professional Development
 

Terry’s clinical experience has included the NICU, Special Care and Normal Newborn Nursery, as well as Developmental Followup Services. A nationally known speaker and educator, Terry was the 2009 recipient of the Braden E. Griffin M.D. Memorial Lectureship Award from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She was a 2007 fellow in the Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship Program through the Health Research and Educational Trust and the American Hospital Association. Terry was the 2006 recipient of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses SIG (Special Interest Group) Leadership Award. She also served on AWHONN’s Advisory Committee for Care of the Late Preterm Infant.

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