Author Affiliations: Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville.
The study by Manzoni and colleagues1 in this issue of JAMA represents an important step toward preventing infections that currently pose a major hurdle for preterm infants. The findings give insight into the role of lactoferrin in preventing infection, helping to define its importance in breast milk as well as the effect of daily supplementation with bovine lactoferrin (BLF) in preterm infants.
Kaufman DA. Lactoferrin Supplementation to Prevent Nosocomial Infections in Preterm Infants. JAMA. 2009;302(13):1467–1468. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1449