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J Perinatol. 2018 Oct 19. doi: 10.1038/s41372-018-0246-0. [Epub ahead of print]

NICU human milk dose and health care use after NICU discharge in very low birth weight infants.

Author information

1
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA. tricia_j_johnson@rush.edu.
2
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA.
3
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, USA.
4
Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the association between human milk (HM) dose and health care utilization at one and 2 years of life in very low birth weight (birth weight < 1500 g; VLBW) infants.

STUDY DESIGN:

This study included 345 VLBW infants enrolled in a prospective observational cohort study (2008-2012) who completed a neonatal high-risk follow-up clinic visit. Subsequent health care utilization included hospitalizations, emergency department visits, pediatric subspecialists, and specialized therapies.

RESULTS:

Each 10 mL/kg/day increase in HM in the first 14 days of life was associated with 0.26 fewer hospitalizations (p = 0.04) at 1 year and 0.21 fewer pediatric subspecialist types (p = 0.04) and 0.20 fewer specialized therapy types (p = 0.04) at 2 years.

CONCLUSION:

HM dose in early life for VLBW infants was an independent predictor of the number of hospitalizations at 1 year and types of pediatric subspecialists and specialized therapies at 2 years of life.

PMID:
30341399
DOI:
10.1038/s41372-018-0246-0

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