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Compelling evidence for nursing advocates for an exclusive human milk diet in the NICU

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Learning Objectives:

  • List the immunological benefits of human milk and the role it plays in the development of the neonatal immune system.
  • Compare and contrast exclusive human milk-based nutrition vs. alternative nutritional options for VLBW premature infants.
  • Recognize the advantages of an exclusive human milk-based nutrition for VLBW infants in the NICU, including improved outcomes and cost savings.
  • State the importance of parent empowerment and advocacy for human milk nutrition in the NICU.


Terry Johnson, APN, NNP-BC, CLEC

Olivia Mayer RD, CSP, IBCLC

Sergio G. Golombek, MD, MPH, FAAP

Emily Million, RN