Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Supplements For Breast-Feeding Mothers Is Good For Premature Infants – Part 2 of 3
So “Our study has shown that supplementing mothers is a realistic and effective way of providing DHA to low birthweight premature infants,” study author Dr Isabelle Marc, an assistant professor in the pediatrics department at Laval University in Quebec, said in a hearsay release. The DHA content in the breast milk of mothers who don’t consume fish during the breast-feeding period is probably insufficient, according to Marc.
But “Our results underline the active need for recommendations addressing dietary DHA intake during lactation of mothers of very preterm infants to reach optimal DHA level in milk to be delivered to the infant for optimal growth and neurodevelopment,” she concluded. The findings were presented Saturday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver.
Today more than 1400 babies in the US (1 in 8) will be born prematurely. Many will be too teeny and too sick to go home. Instead, they face weeks or even months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These babies face an increased risk of grave medical complications and death; however, most, eventually, will go home.