Milk expression within 8 hours after birth in mothers with very low-birth-weight, or VLBW, infants was associated with a higher probability of being able to produce milk throughout infant hospitalization in the NICU, according to a recent study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
“Mothers of VLBW infants face several unique challenges in making milk owing to their higher risk of complicated delivery; comorbid health conditions that affect milk production, including diabetes and obesity; need for prolonged pumping rather than oral feedings at the breast; and prolonged mother-infant separation as compared with mothers delivering at term,” Margaret G. Parker, MD, MPH, neonatologist at Boston Medical Center, and colleagues wrote.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.
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