Infant Journal
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Breastfeeding very low birthweight infants in Brazil: a successful experience

Breastfeeding has multiple benefits for all infants, including very low birthweight infants. Mothers face many difficulties when initiating and maintaining milk production throughout hospitalisation yet our experiences show that it is possible to maintain milk production, even over long stays, and that most preterm babies can be breastfed at discharge.

Mariana González de Oliveira

MD, MSc, PhD Professor of Neonatology, Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, and Neonatologist, Hospital Moinhos de Vento, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

Desirée de Freitas Valle Volkmer MD

Chief Neonatologist, Hospital Moinhos de Vento, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

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human milk; low birthweight infant; breastfeeding; preterm

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