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Making the case for using donor human milk in vulnerable infants.

Authors
  • Edwards, Taryn M
  • Spatz, Diane L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2012
Volume
12
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e31825eb094
PMID: 22964601
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Vulnerable infants are at an increased risk for feeding intolerance due to immaturity or dysfunction (ie, congenital anomaly or obstruction) of the gastrointestinal system and/or hemodynamic instability. Symptoms of feeding intolerance include vomiting, water-loss stools, increased abdominal girth, and increased gastric residuals. It has been well documented that human milk provides optimal nutrition for infants and decreases the incidence of feeding intolerance. Donor human milk can be used for these at-risk infants to supplement the mother's own milk supply if insufficient or if the mother has decided not to or is unable to provide human milk for her infant. Establishing a donor human milk program within your institution will allow an opportunity for all vulnerable infants to receive an exclusive human milk diet.

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