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Human milk for low birthweight infants: immunology, nutrition and newer practical technologies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2514569     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Human milk has a number of unique properties which can be of benefit to high risk low birthweight and preterm infants. Immunological features are of particular importance. Growth is better with the use of the mother's own milk than with pooled bank milk. The quality of the latter can be improved by various measures noted in the text. Growth can be further improved by enriching the milk with human milk factors, powder formula or protein supplements. As breast-feeding is best for infants, the maternal milk supply should be maintained during the hospital stay of infants by frequent expression, galactogogues used where necessary under supervision, encouraging maternal contact with the infant, promotion of suckling initially on the "empty" breast after expression of milk, and subsequently institution of direct breast-feeding. With proper interventions and motivation of both staff and mothers, even very low birthweight infants below 1,500 gm can go on, in time, to exclusive breast-feeding.
I Narayanan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica Japonica; Overseas edition     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0374-5600     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr Jpn     Publication Date:  1989 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-02-22     Completed Date:  1990-02-22     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370357     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr Jpn     Country:  JAPAN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  455-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cross Infection / prevention & control
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Infant, Low Birth Weight / physiology*
Infant, Newborn
Milk, Human* / immunology
Puerperal Infection

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