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Donor Milk in Minnesota…a MN Milk Bank is Coming!

By Teresa Kovarik, MD, FAAP, FABM, Medical Director of HealthPartners’ Lactation Services and Pediatrician at HealthPartners Como Clinic; Pamela Heggie, MD, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM, Director of Breastfeeding Medicine and Pediatrician at Central Pediatrics; and Nancy Fahim MD, FAAP, University of Minnesota, Neonatology at Maple Grove and North Memorial Hospitals

The AAP strongly supports breastfeeding for all infants given the substantial evidence showing improvement in health outcomes for babies fed human milk. In the 2012 policy statement about human milk, the AAP states that breastfeeding is a public health issue, not just a lifestyle choice. While mother’s own milk is preferred, some women have a low milk supply and, despite their best efforts, cannot meet their baby’s milk requirements. In some studies, only 30 percent of women who deliver premature infants can produce a full milk supply for their NICU babies. As we all know, mothers with full term infants can have similar difficulty. When supplementation is needed because of maternal low milk supply, pasteurized donor human milk is increasingly being used to bridge the gap.

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Is Breastfeeding Still Best? MN Hospitals Make Changes to Support it

By Pamela Heggie, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, Fairview Children’s Clinic, Minneapolis and Robert M. Jacobson, MD, FAAP, Mayo Clinic, Rochester and MNAAP President

A recent article published in the journal Social Science and Medicine made headlines and was widely quoted in blogs, email list-serves and Facebook: “Is Breast Truly Best? Estimating the Effects of Breastfeeding on Long-term Child Health and Wellbeing in the United States Using Sibling Comparisons” (Colen, 2014). This article raised questions about the long-term benefits of breastfeeding on health outcomes for children.

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