Tag Archives: breast milk

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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Should we freeze maternal breast milk in the NICU? Pasteurize it?

Maternal breast milk is what we should be giving to every preterm infant as much as possible. But we know that there are cases of transmission of cytomegalovirus (CMV) and reports of transmission of other pathogens to babies from breast … Continue reading

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Re-evaluating what is really friendly to babies

Many hospitals are very proud of being “baby friendly” or are trying to achieve “baby friendly hospital” certification, under the WHO initiative. Unfortunately many parts of that program are not evidence-based, such as (as one example) the ban on soothers … Continue reading

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Neonatal Updates: Recent Nutritional Publications part 2.

Breast Milk and how to use it Colacci M, et al. Growth and Development in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants After the Introduction of Exclusive Human Milk Feedings. American journal of perinatology. 2016(EFirst). This is a before and after study … Continue reading

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CMV transmission by breast milk in the very preterm, how important is it?

Over the past couple of years there have been quite a few articles addressing this issue, so I guess it must be important. The results of all these studies are not consistent, however, Kelly MS, et al. Postnatal Cytomegalovirus Infection … Continue reading

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Is breast-milk really best?

Although many people (including myself) are convinced that human breast milk is the preferable nutrition for human babies, including the preterm, some of the evidence regarding benefits is shaky. For example the evidence that breast milk feeding reduces late-onset sepsis. … Continue reading

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