Presentation Information

Nancy E. Wight

Donor Human Milk and Human Milk Products in the NICU

  • Speaker: Nancy E. Wight , MD, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME

The preferred feeding for all NICU infants is human milk, preferably started on day 1. If mother’s own milk is not immediately available, the clinician should consider the use of heat-treated donor human milk (DHM), which has most of the properties of fresh human milk (immunoglobulins, growth and developmental hormones, enzymes, anti-inflammatory factors, etc.), is sterile, and reduces NEC while improving feeding tolerance. The use of human milk and human milk-derived products has been steadily increasing in world-wide NICUs. In many areas of the USA, it is the standard of care. We will explore the benefits and risks of various donor human milk products, as well as the cost-effectiveness, and challenges for NICUs in using these products.