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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2005 Jan-Feb;34(1):109-19.

Sharing the science on human milk feedings with mothers of very-low-birth-weight infants.

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Infant Special Care Unit Evanston Hospital, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, 2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201, USA.


Mother's milk provides protection from serious and costly morbidity for very-low-birth-weight infants (<1500 g), including enteral feeding intolerance, nosocomial infection, and necrotizing enterocolitis. However, NICU and maternity nurses may be hesitant to encourage mothers to initiate lactation because of a reluctance to make mothers feel guilty or coerced. This article reviews the evidence for the health outcomes of mothers' milk feeding in very-low-birth-weight infants and provides examples of ways to share this science with mothers so that they can make an informed feeding decision.

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