Effect of Supplemental Donor Human Milk Compared With Preterm Formula on Neurodevelopment of Very Low-Birth-Weight Infants at 18 Months: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Authors: O'Connor DL, Gibbins S, Kiss A, et al

Source: JAMA. 2016;316(18):1897-1905.

This study provides reassurance that either formula or human donor milk will give comparable developmental outcomes.

What are the implications?

The advantages of breast feeding are promoted across the NHS. If a mother’s own breast milk is in short supply, there may be reservations around the temporary use of alternatives and their potential effects. This study provides reassurance that either formula or human donor milk will give comparable developmental outcomes.

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