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Supplemental Feedings for High-Risk Preterm Infants ONLINE FIRST

Hope K. Lima, MS1; Ronald S. Cohen, MD2; Thomas E. Young, MD3
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1Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
2Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
3Division of Neonatology, WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Raleigh, North Carolina
JAMA Pediatr. Published online September 19, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2352
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To the Editor The literature shows that the use of a predominately human milk diet (≥ 98%) in very low-birth-weight infants supports appropriate growth and development, decreases rates of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), decreases overall patient care costs, allows for earlier discharge, reduces patient risk of readmittance, and increases human milk consumption postdischarge.14 In their article, Corpeleijn et al5 conclude that feeding premature infants a diet of pasteurized donor milk during the first few days of life had no significant effect on preventing adverse health events. When considering how this study will affect clinical practice, we would like to encourage health care professionals to pay close attention to the following aspects: participant characteristics, duration of study, dose of donor milk or formula, and high rates of NEC observed.

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September 19, 2016
Maryanne T. Perrin, PhD; Paula M. Sisk, PhD
1University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro
2Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
JAMA Pediatr. Published online September 19, 2016.;():. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2355.
September 19, 2016
Arthur I. Eidelman, MD
1Hebrew University School of Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
JAMA Pediatr. Published online September 19, 2016.;():. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2361.
September 19, 2016
Sergio Verd, MD
1Pediatric Unit, La Vileta Surgery, Department of Primary Care, Baleares Health Authority, Balaeres, Spain2Health Sciences Research Institute, Balearic University, Baleares, Spain
JAMA Pediatr. Published online September 19, 2016.;():. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2364.
September 19, 2016
Marita de Waard, MD; Willemijn E. Corpeleijn, MD; Johannes B. van Goudoever, MD, PhD
1Department of Pediatrics, Vrije Universiteit University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1Department of Pediatrics, Vrije Universiteit University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands2Department of Pediatrics, Emma Children’s Hospital, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
JAMA Pediatr. Published online September 19, 2016.;():. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2358.
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