The American Academy of Pediatrics states that the potent benefits of human milk are such that all preterm infants should receive human milk. If mothers own milk is unavailable despite significant lactation support, pasteurized donor milk should be used. For premature, sick and fragile babies, human milk is truly “Miracle Milk.”
One of the many benefits of an exclusive human milk diet for premature infants is that it lowers the risk of late onset sepsis, a blood infection after the first week of life, and other illnesses that premature babies are susceptible to in the early days. Every 10 milliliters of human milk that a very low birth weight infant receives during the first 28 days of life decreases the odds of sepsis by almost 20%! The powerful effect of human milk is dose dependent; any amount improves health but the more, the better. An exclusive human milk diet has the greatest impact.
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