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Donor human milk for congenital heart disease?

Newborns with serious Congenital Heart Disease are at risk of intestinal injury which may present in a similar fashion to Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC). Our local guidelines for eligibility for donor milk from our provincial milk bank include infants with significant … Continue reading

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How fast to feed?

One of the recurring themes in this blog is that good, large enough, prospective RCTs do not necessarily reproduce the results of prior smaller trials, and often do not reproduce the findings of observational studies. Specifically, I have mentioned previously … Continue reading

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Why is MOM best? part 2

MOM is best, because it leads to the lowest incidence of NEC; but why? (if you didn’t read part 1, MOM is Mother’s Own Milk) The impacts of milk processing which create the differences in milk composition, detailed in my … Continue reading

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Why is MOM best?

Mother’s Own Milk (MOM) seems to be the best base for enteral nutrition of the preterm infant, in terms of the risk of infection, the risk of Enterocolitis (NEC) and, probably, long term neurodevelopment. Reasonably good data show that replacing … Continue reading

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Prebiotics and preterms and probiotics.

A selection of recent publications, regarding the issues in the title, that I find interesting and which seem to tell a consistent story. From Nick Embleton’s group the following interesting study (Stewart CJ, et al. Longitudinal development of the gut … Continue reading

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Mother’s milk is best, but how best to use it?

A survey of practices in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (the German speaking part) demonstrates the range of practices for handling mother’s own breast milk in very preterm babies. Klotz D, et al. Handling of Breast Milk by Neonatal Units: Large … Continue reading

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Even more thoughts on breast milk fortification

I thought I would discuss the new study by O’Connor and colleagues in a little more detail (O’Connor DL, et al. Nutrient enrichment of human milk with human and bovine milk-based fortifiers for infants born weighing <1250 g: a randomized … Continue reading

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More on breast milk fortification

The trial that I mentioned in my previous post on this topic, that I said had not been published, has now been published! O’Connor DL, et al. Nutrient enrichment of human milk with human and bovine milk-based fortifiers for infants … Continue reading

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Quoted in “nature”

An interesting and well-written article in nature (or, at least, a supplement called “nature outlook”) by a scientific journalist Sarah DeWeerdt has appeared, discussing the acquisition of the intestinal microbiome by newborn infants. She discusses premature infants and the role … Continue reading

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Breast Milk is good for you; does it matter how you get it?

The benefits of human, especially mother’s own, breast milk are unambiguous, but is expressed breast milk as good as direct breast-feeding? A new cohort study from Canada (Klopp A, et al. Modes of Infant Feeding and the Risk of Childhood … Continue reading

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