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Why choose donor human milk?

Protection against necrotizing enterocolitis is the major clinical benefit deriving from the use of DHM when compared with formula. Limited data also suggest unfortified DHM to be associated with improved feeding tolerance and with reduced cardiovascular risk factors during adolescence. Presence of a human milk bank (HMB) does not decrease breast-feeding rates at discharge, but decreases the use of formula during the first weeks of life. This commentary emphasizes that fresh own mother’s milk (OMM) is the first choice in preterm infant feeding and strong efforts should be made to promote lactation. When OMM is not available, DHM is the recommended alternative.

ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition; Arslanoglu, Sertac,; Corpeleijn, Willemijn; Moro, Guido; Braegger, Christian; Campoy, Cristina; Colomb, Virginie; Decsi, Tamas; Domellöf, Magnus; Fewtrell, Mary; Hojsak, Iva; Mihatsch, Walter; Mølgaard, Christian; Shamir, Raanan; Turck, Dominique; van Goudoever, Johannes

“Donor Human Milk for Preterm Infants: Current Evidence and Research Directions” (JPGN 2013; 57: 535-542)

In this section you can also find out about the service we offer to hospitals throughout England and Wales including:

Our leaflet “Donor Milk Your Questions Answered” explains the benefits of donor milk to recipient families as well as explaining the donor screening and pasteurisation process. Please click on the pictures below to view the leaflet full size. Printed copies are available free of charge for hospitals to distribute, please contact us if you would like some.

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