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University of Virginia's guide to implementing an exclusive human milk diet (EHMD) for infants born <1250 g and assessing outcomes

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Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the teamwork, steps taken, and systems built to secure, implement, and maintain an EHMD
  • Review clinical and cost outcomes
  • Gain guidance for other healthcare systems to successfully navigate the processes involved in implementing an EHMD to achieve desired clinical outcomes


Jonathan R. Swanson MD, MSc
Chief Quality Officer for Children’s Services,
Medical Director for the NICU
University of Virginia Children’s Hospital 

Patti H. Perks MS, RDN, CNSC
Pediatric Nutrition Assistant Manager
University of Virginia Children’s Hospital