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The Gold liquid for preterm babies –Breast milk
Nature designed human milk just for human babies, the ideal food Breast milk has just the right balance of nutrients. It has them in the form that is most easily used by baby's immature body systems
Breast milk is rich in nutrients that help brain growth and nervous system development. It has immune cells and other substances that prevent infection. Of course, breast milk is the perfect first food to help your baby reach every aspect of optimal growth and development.
How is a preterm mother's milk different?
The milk of mothers who give birth prematurely is somewhat different than milk after a full-term baby's birth. It's different “in many ways
Important nutrients
Research Studies found more fat, protein, and minerals sodium, chloride, and iron in "preterm milk" than in "term" milk.
Premature babies who get breastmilk tend to develop better eyesight. They often do better on intelligence as they grow older. Due to certain types of fats (fatty acid chains) in breastmilk. These fats are not available in infant formulas, yet these fats are significant for growth and development of a high-risk baby's eyes, brain, and nervous system.
During the last weeks of pregnancy, a baby builds a lot of body tissue. Because preemies are born early, they must build this tissue after birth. Protein is needed to build it. Preterm milk has a bit more protein. Preterm milk have higher levels of certain anti-infective properties.
Fights infection Only breastmilk is alive with many kinds of disease-fighting factors that help prevent mild to severe infections in babies. Preterm milk has higher levels of these factors. Antibodies in breastmilk directly protect against infection.
The disease-fighting factors in breastmilk are especially good for premature babies. This is because these babies are more likely to pick up infections easily. They are also much less likely to get serious digestive illness called necrotizing enterocolitis while in the neonatal intensive care unit. If any of these problems do happen, they are often less severe for the baby getting breastmilk. Babies who are breastfed and those getting expressed breastmilk have fewer GI, respiratory, ear, & urinary infections after leaving the hospital.
Easily digested food for preterm, it is particularly good for the immature digestive tract of premature baby
Just right Breast milk is just right for baby’s body systems. This suitability lets to digest and use milk easily and spend much less energy on body functions. All of these benefits of breast milk means a preterm baby’s body is able to work less yet get more nourishment, means less stress for baby's heart, lungs, bowels, and kidneys. By giving preterm babies’ breast milk, you are creating a medicine that no hospital can make. Babies who get this medicine are often ready for oral feedings earlier. They can also go home sooner than high-risk babies getting other types of feedings.
“Breast milk is the only Gold standard for preemies”


Author:
Ms Ciba Sunil R
Nurse Manager Neonatal services /NRP instructor/Clinical Trainings Danat Al Emarat hospital for Women and children, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
 

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