Project Information

Does the Availability of Donor Human Milk Influence the Amount of Mothers’ Own Milk Consumed by Very Low Birth Weight Premature Infants in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit?

Project Description: A mother’s own breast milk (MOM) is the gold standard in terms of nutrition for premature very low birth weight (VLBW) (less than 1500 grams) infants because of its innate protection against late-onset sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis as well as its facilitation of improved neurological development. However, mothers of VLBW infants are often unable to produce sufficient amounts of breast milk to meet their infant’s nutritional needs. As of 2012, a donor breast milk program was implemented in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at UFHealth Children’s Hospital to provide donor breast milk to premature infants when sufficient MOM was unavailable. Donor breast milk is known to be inferior to MOM in terms of nutritional content and protection against infection. This project will determine if the availability of donor breast milk in this NICU affects the amount of MOM available for infant consumption.

QPI: Shannon, Perry, (

Collaborators: Leslie, Parker, (; Jessi, Withers, (; Krista, Zyskowski, (

Advisors: Leslie, Parker, (

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