Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science




Dr. Tom Colletti


Necrotizing enterocolitis is a devastating disease and infants with congenital heart disease are at increased risk of this disease, especially with ductal dependent cardiac lesions. Human milk has proven effective in the prevention of NEC. Maternal milk is regarded as the most protective but is not always available. Donor human milk is a reasonable alternative, as compared to formula, but not all institutions offer it because of cost. Relative to the cost of a hospital admission complicated by necrotizing enterocolitis, donor human milk is not expensive. Thus, infants with ductal dependent congenital heart disease should qualify for and be offered donor human milk when maternal milk is unavailable.


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