While human milk is the best food for infant, a new study has revealed that it can also work as a medicine for critically ill babies.
According to Diane L Spatz, director of the lactation programme at Children's Hospital of
The hospital has used donor human milk since 2006 for at-risk infants to supplement a mother's own milk supply if it is insufficient or if the mother is unable to provide milk for her infant.
This week, CHOP has also announced plans to launch a non-profit milk bank with the
Multiple public health and professional medical associations - from the
Spatz argues that under the best interest principle, the infant's best interest, not parental authority, should have priority in guiding infant feeding practices - particularly for critically ill babies.
Spatz is the key figure behind a series of articles in a neonatal nursing journal's special issue focused on human milk for sick newborns and published by the
In the special issue, Spatz and her colleagues cover a variety of topics on the provision of human milk in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), including original research articles, ethical rationales for the provision of human milk, and evidence-based methods for implementing particular programs.
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