Human Milk and the Prevention of Necrotizing Enterocoli
This extensive and informative video by the NEC Society stresses the importance of using human milk for preventing Necrotizing Enterocolitis as opposed to cow milk-based baby formula..
Organizations that offer education, support and resources about NEC
NEC Society A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting premature infants from necrotizing enterocolitis and reducing the occurrence. They provide up-to-date information on NEC-related issues and offer many resources for those impacted by NEC. Extensive information stresseing the importance of using human milk for preventing Necrotizing Enterocolitis as opposed to bovine based baby formula..
Team Grayson Raise awareness and find cures for diseases that impact newborns and preemies including NEC
Organizations that offer advice to assist parents and families of premature infants
Preemie Parent Alliance - Newborn Hope An organization Committed to the support of preemie parents. This site provides resources and support programs to parents of preemies, babies born with special health-care needs and those who have experienced loss due to these or other complications.
An app designed for parents of preemies during their NICU experience. Stressing mother's own milk over cow milk-based baby formula and including an extensive feeding guide providing special preemie nutritional information to parents. Including a pumping log for mothers to record and keep track of milk production over time on a special custom graph.
The NEC Society Connects online Inspire community hopes to elevate the conversation around NEC by fostering awareness, patient-family empowerment and NEC-related resources. Notes one of the most important things parents should know is no cow milk-baseded baby formula: "Preemies should receive a 100% breast milk diet."
Human milk is one of the best ways to help prevent necrotizing enterocolitis in premature and vulnerable infants. When mother's own milk is not available, pasteurized donor milk is the next best option, not bovine based baby formula.
For over thirty (30) years the manufacturers of baby formula have known or should have known, that their cow milk based baby formula products could cause necrotizing enterocolitis.
1990 Breast milk and neonatal necrotising enterocolitis Study on 926 preterm infants found that NEC was six to ten times more common in infants fed cow milk-bades baby formula.Among babies born at more than 30 weeks' gestation confirmed necrotising enterocolitis was rare in those whose diet included breast milk; it was 20 times more common in those fed cow milk-based baby formula.
2011 The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding The U.S. Surgeon General published a report in 2011 stating formula feeding with cow milk based bady formula is associated with higher rates of of NEC. In the same report, the Surgeon General concluded that premature infants who are not breastfed are 138% more likely to develop NEC.
2021 Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk The Official Journal of The American Academy of Pediatrics published a study that included the following … “Meta-analyses of 4 randomized clinical trials performed over the period 1983 to 2005 support the conclusion that feeding preterm infants human milk is associated with a significant reduction (58%) in the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) than a bovine based formula. A more recent study of preterm infants fed an exclusive human milk diet compared with those fed human milk supplemented with cow-milk-based baby formula products noted a 77% reduction in NEC. One case of NEC could be prevented if 10 infants received an exclusive human milk diet, and 1 case of NEC requiring surgery or resulting in death could be prevented if 8 infants received an exclusive human milk diet.”
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