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Human Milk for Preterm Infants

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Author: Terry Johnson, APN, NNP-BC, ASPPS, CLEC, MN

In the March 2017 edition of the journal Clinics in Perinatology, editors Mimouni & Koletzko brought together world experts from several different continents to review the benefits, clinical practices, and current evidence, to support the feeding of human milk to the preterm and very low birth weight (VLBW) infant.

The edition addresses such clinically relevant topics as:

  • Unique macronutrient composition of preterm breast milk
  • Development of “bedside” human milk analysis
  • Systematic review of human milk fortification
  • Identification of an abundant array of diverse bioactive proteins and immune properties in human milk as well as their role in host defense and immune system development
  • Collection, treatment, and safety concerns in the use of donor human milk
  • Systematic review of the benefit of human milk to reduce the incidence and severity and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
  • Role of human milk on developmental outcomes
  • Evidenced-based methods that promote human milk feeding of preterm infants in the NICU

This valuable edition can be reviewed and/or purchased at http://www.perinatology.theclinics.com/issue/S0095-5108(16)X0005-X