Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Keywords
human milk; premature birth; breast milk expression; lactation
Key points
  1. Neonatal units and maternity teams should focus on encouraging and facilitating first expression of milk within two hours of preterm delivery.
  2. Mothers should be encouraged to express more milk than their preterm baby requires in the first few weeks of life, with a target of 750mL in 24 hours.
  3. Further work is necessary to analyse the optimal frequency of expression and at what time point the volume target should be applied.