Bovine-based breast milk fortifier and neonatal outcomes in premature infants of <32 weeks gestational age
Breast milk (maternal or donor) is the gold standard nutrition for preterm infants. Breast milk fortifier (BMF) provides supplementary nutrition to avoid the high growth failure rates in preterm infants. Conflicting reports have implicated BMF, especially bovine-based products, in the development of necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) and persistent safety concerns regarding BMF have led to variability in use across the UK and internationally. This study examines whether the use of bovine-based BMF in preterm infants plays a role in the development of NEC, or an increase in all-cause mortality.
Kate W. Jordan
Laura De Rooy
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, St George’s University Hospital, London
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