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Breast Milk: A Lifesaver for Premature Babies April 13, 2009

Filed under: In The News — NursingBirth @ 9:17 AM
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Finally!!  A positive story about breastfeeding in the news J!  I think my heart will be able to rest a bit easier now. 

 

On April 10, 2009, the CBS Evening News aired a story about the importance of mother’s milk for premature babies.  The story and video entitled, UCSD Doctors Say Breast Milk Can Mean Difference Between Life And Death For Premature Babies, can be viewed on the CBS news website as well.  

 

What stunned me the most about the story was the statistics: One huge difference the breastfeeding promotion program at UC San Diego Medical Center’s NICU has made is a significant decrease in one life-threatening gastrointestinal infection called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Of the half million premature babies born every year, between 5-10 percent of them develop NEC and a third of those who develop it will die.  The best part is that before UCSD started their breastfeeding promotion program, the rate of NEC in this hospital was 5.8 percent.  But last year it had fallen to less than 1 percent!

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “Breast Milk: A Lifesaver for Premature Babies”

  1. nursingbirth Says:

    I’ve clearly been on a breastfeeding kick lately. No need to frett! I’ve got a birth story I am working on now. Stay tuned!!

  2. Molly Says:

    That is awesome!

  3. Marissa Says:

    that shows just how much babies need the antibodies from their moms to have a healthy immune system. I wish there was more support for breastfeeding in the US, I think our kids would be healthier.


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