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Who Receives Donor Milk?

Common reasons for prescribing pasteurized donor human milk include:

  • Premature birth
  • Failure to thrive
  • Malabsorption syndromes
  • Allergies
  • Feeding/formula intolerance
  • Immunologic deficiencies
  • Post-operative nutrition
  • Infectious disease

Benefits of Human Milk

  • 58% decrease of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). NEC is a severe and potentially life-threatening intestinal infection that premature infants are at high risk for.
  • 36% decrease in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • 64% decrease in gastrointestinal tract infections
  • Reduced rates of severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). ROP can cause mild-to-severe vision impairment in premature infants.
  • Lower rates of infections.
  • Improved feeding tolerance. Human milk is gentler on the baby’s tummy and easier to digest.
  • Fewer hospital re-admissions after NICU discharge.
  • Higher intelligence scores were noted at 8 years of age with patients who received human milk as infants in the NICU.
  • Decreased rates of obesity throughout life.
  • 52% decrease of celiac disease.
  • Up to a 30% reduction in type 1 diabetes mellitus.
  • 31%  decrease in childhood irritable bowel disease (IBS).
  • 27% decrease of asthma, eczema and other skin disorders.
  • 20% reduction in the risk for acute lymphocytic leukemia.
  • 15% reduction risk for acute myeloid leukemia.

[Information obtained from The AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics, “Policy Statement: Breastfeeding and the Use of HumanMilk,” Volume 129, Number 3, March 2012]