Tag Archives: breast milk

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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Neonatal Updates

Gschließer A, et al. Inter-expert and Intra-expert Agreement on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity. American Journal of Ophthalmology. 2015;160(3):553-60.e3. The investigators showed 52 retinal photographs to 7 expert ophthalmologists, and then 8 weeks later showed them to … Continue reading

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New Publication from the Sainte Justine team

We have just published a new article : The first author Marianne Lapointe is our senior NNP who has been heavily involved in improving nutritional standards in our NICU. She was a leader in developing our enhanced enteral feeding protocols, … Continue reading

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The Power of Parent’s Touch.

My friend and colleague Marsha Campbell-Yeo is part of the Centre for Pediatric Pain research. She has just produced a video about controlling pain in young babies, which you can see here: My only beef is that all the parents … Continue reading

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Zinc supplementation: should we be galvanized into action?

I wasn’t sure how many non native-English speakers would get that joke, and jokes are rarely improved by explaining them, so if you don’t get it, just keep on reading. Terrin G, Berni Canani R, Passariello A, Messina F, Conti … Continue reading

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Bugs and Breast Milk

Neonatology recently published a commentary asking the following question about routine probiotic supplementation, ‘what will it take to change practice?‘ This was immediately followed by another commentary, from Neena Modi, explaining why she is still reluctant. Although I have a … Continue reading

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