Biological Properties Of Breast Milk

2623 Words Nov 17th, 2014 11 Pages

Imagine a tiny baby born at only thirty weeks and weighs in at 3lbs 5oz. This baby is now considered to be a premature infant. When this happens to a newborn they are immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to be assessed and possibly assisted with involuntary actions such as breathing and temperature control. The infant’s body might not be developed enough to regulate blood glucose, fight off infection, or maintain proper liver function. The most substantial concern in premature infants in weight gain. The best way to tackle most of the complications that come with a premature birth is breast milk. Depending on the level of maturity, the newborn can either breastfeed directly from the breast, or the milk can be pumped from the mother and fed to the newborn. This paper will give a summary of different articles that give both qualitative and quantitative data proving how the different properties of breast milk in comparison to formula, are more beneficial for a premature infant. Mainly showing a difference in weight gain, glucose levels, and immunity.

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