Drop by Drop: Solving Infant Mortality With Milk
Very low birth weight infants account for 55% of infant deaths and >50% of the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Societal costs of NEC are an est. $5-6B. NEC is minimized when human milk is provided, but mothers of preterm infants are least likely to produce milk. In this session, the director of the largest milk bank in the US will discuss the science behind reducing NEC and the scientific and administrative practices needed to ensure every baby has access to safe donor human milk.
Additional Supporting Materials
- What is necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, and how can donor human milk reduce the rate of this leading cause of mortality among preterm babies?
- What is needed to establish and operate a donor human milk bank? What best practices can be learned from the largest milk bank in the country?
- How can community organizations address pressing national health issues like infant mortality in collaboration with governmental regulatory agencies?
- Kim Updegrove, Executive Director, Mothers' Milk Bank
- Tara Haelle, Science/Health Journalist and Author, Freelance
Patti Hixon, Director, Buie & Co
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