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Neonatal facilities increasingly use donated breast milk to save premature babies

Neonatal facilities increasingly use donated breast milk to save premature babies

Neonatal facilities increasingly use donated breast milk to save premature babies.
A growing body of research shows that human milk carries long-term benefits for premature infants and can be lifesaving, but it’s often hard for mothers of premature infants to produce enough.
The rate was even higher — between 65 and 75 percent — for Level 3 and 4 NICUs that serve the smallest and most fragile premature babies.
But for many reasons, it’s not practical or possible for many mothers to provide milk, particularly for premature infants.
The NICU at Children’s started to use donated human milk in 2014.
Nutritionists said that within a few weeks, they plan to switch him to formula.
At Children’s, infants weighing more than 3.3 pounds are still given formula to supplement their mother’s milk.
Some questions remain about the costs and benefits of human milk and cow’s-milk-based formulas.
One question researchers are studying is what impact cow’s-milk-based fortifiers have on the health outcomes of premature infants.
NICUs typically add a fortifier to all the breast milk, whether it is from the mother or from a milk bank, to provide more protein and calories.

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Baby born premature now thriving thanks to NICU at Methodist Hospital

Baby born premature now thriving thanks to NICU at Methodist Hospital

Baby born premature now thriving thanks to NICU at Methodist Hospital.
A Kerrville mother who struggled through two miscarriages gave birth to a baby the size of her hand with serious complications back in February.
Six months later, Charlotte Star is alive thanks to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Methodist Hospital.
“I was terrified.
On March 15, at only 22 weeks, she arrived.
He says that back then, doctors would have advised parents not to resuscitate a baby as premature as Charlotte because of the high mortality rate.
“At that time, it was almost 100 percent mortality,” Dr. Alexander noted.
Methodist Children’s Hospital now has the technology and the team to save more premature babies.
Now, Charlotte Star has more than hope.
In the meantime, the hospital is hoping that the story will help with their ongoing outreach to let families in rural areas know about their NICU.

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Mom Opens Up About the Heartbreak of the NICU With Emotional Photos

Mom Opens Up About the Heartbreak of the NICU With Emotional Photos

Mom Opens Up About the Heartbreak of the NICU With Emotional Photos. “Van came out lungs blaring, a huge relief!”
she recalled of the scary moment.
It didn’t take long for his cries to turn into a gurgling sound, a sign that he was struggling to breathe on his own.” “I was just so relieved that he had made it here safely that I seen past all the distracting monitors and machines attached to his tiny frame and seen this little 1.7 kg bundle of perfection,” the Australian mom of two wrote.
Alex described the moment she held her son for the first time — which she photographed beautifully — hearing the machines control Van’s breathing and realizing how he “had more growing to do and was not yet strong enough to get by in this world without medical assistance.”
The hardest part about this entire experience didn’t come until days later, when it was time for Alex to go home. “A little warm body quickly filled those empty arms whenever I arrived home.
My daughter was missing her mummy and the guilt followed me everywhere, when I was at the hospital I was missing Lennon, when I was at home I was missing Van.
She photographed the ups and the downs of these past months, and the photos will touch all parents.

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How to help your baby thrive in the NICU

How to help your baby thrive in the NICU

Author: Jennifer Chen | / Source: Today’s Parent Intensive care sounds, well, intense, but it provides the best care for premature babies. Three neonatal nurses share tips for making your NICU stay the best experience. The risk of preterm labour and issues during delivery are much greater when you’re carrying multiples. If you’re carrying twins or triplets, you need to be prepared […]

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