Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Use of a novel human milk-based fortifier in a preterm baby

This article reports on the case of a premature baby with multiple complications who demonstrated poor weight gain and intolerance to bovine milk-based fortifier. A novel human milk-based fortifier (NeoKare MMF) was introduced, which was well tolerated and resulted in optimal weight gain. The course of the growth of the infant is discussed and the role of a human breast milk-derived fortifier is considered.

Pauline Adiotomre
Consultant Paediatrician
Neonatal Unit, Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

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human breast milk-based fortifier; optimal weight gain; necrotising enterocolitis; premature infant; case study; cow’s milk intolerance
Key points
  1. Use of a novel human milk-based fortifier contributed towards optimal weight gain in a preterm infant with multiple complications.
  2. Human milk-based fortifier was used as a ‘rescue fortifier’ in a preterm infant with intolerance to bovine milk-based fortifier.

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