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Fortifying breastmilk with Prolacta’s human milk-based fortifiers is the only way your premature baby can benefit from a 100% human milk diet. If you have a preemie, or know someone who does, be a voice for them. Ask your healthcare professionals about Prolacta’s fortifiers and how your baby can benefit from a 100% human milk diet.

Your premature baby has increased nutritional needs

Premature babies, especially those weighing 2 pounds 12 ounces (1250 grams) or less at birth, have special nutritional needs. Compared to full-term babies, premature babies need more energy to grow, and because they grow at a rapid pace, they also need more protein, minerals, and other nutrients.

Why breastmilk may be fortified

Because of your premature baby’s additional energy and protein requirements, they need to consume more breastmilk than their tiny stomach can hold to get the proper nutrition. That’s why doctors may decide to add a human milk fortifier (HMF) to your breastmilk.1 HMFs provide additional protein, calories, vitamins, and minerals.

Human milk for human babies

Breastmilk is important for all babies, including your premature baby, and nothing else provides the same benefits. In addition to nutrition, breastmilk helps to develop the immune system, providing protection against infections. Because of the health benefits, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) policy recommends the use of human milk for all preemies – whether mother’s own milk or pasteurized donor human milk – when mother’s own milk is unavailable.2

Prolacta’s fortifiers are the only HMF made from human breastmilk

Prolacta fortifiers are the only human milk–based HMF available for premature babies. They are made from breastmilk donated by mothers who want to help others. These healthy, nursing mothers have undergone extensive screening (similar to the blood donor screening process). Their breastmilk is tested and DNA matched, formulated into Prolacta fortifiers for premature babies, and then pasteurized. Prolacta’s fortifiers are manufactured under strict processes to ensure consistent, high-quality nutrient content.

The benefits of Prolacta fortifiers

When your care team adds Prolacta fortifiers, as part of a 100% human milk diet, the goal is to achieve improved health outcomes as shown in clinical studies3,4,5,6,7,8. These can include decreases in:

  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)9,6,7
  • Late-onset sepsis9,6,8
  • Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)9,6,7
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)3,6
  • Feeding intolerance decreases7

Studies have also shown that premature infants can go home sooner from the NICU with the use of Prolacta’s fortifiers.6,7