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Clinical Trial

Human Milk in Preterm Infants

The purpose of this investigation is to determine whether early fortification of human milk feeds improve growth outcomes for very low birth weight infants (VLBW) (birth weight 1000-1500 grams). We hypothesize that introducing higher caloric feeds at the onset of enteral feeds will improve early growth metrics in VLBW infants as compared to infants who begin human milk fortification after the first week of life, which represents our present standard of care. The primary outcome for this study is growth velocity (g/kg/day) at 28 days of life.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Inclusion: Birth weight 1000-1500 grams Admitted to AU NICU within 24 hours of life Maternal intent to use human milk (maternal or donor milk) Exclusion: Congenital anomalies including congenital heart disease or other major defect requiring surgical intervention Feeds not started within first 96 hours of life Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) defined as <3rd % on a gender specific Fenton growth curve

Contact Information

    Zanna Wynter

    (770) 608-0868