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To the Editor The benefits of feeding very low-birth-weight infants raw own mother’s milk as opposed to formula are well established, particularly in its capacity to reduce the incidence of serious infections and necrotizing entercolitis.1,2 What the critical amount of formula is that increases the risk of necrotizing entercolitis has yet to be fully determined. Thus, the study of Corpeleijn et al3 comparing the effect of supplementing mothers who could not supply sufficient own mother’s milk with either pasteurized donor human milk or preterm formula is welcome. The authors concluded that there was no significant benefit of supplementing with pasteurized donor milk as opposed to standard preterm formula.
Eidelman AI. Supplemental Feedings for High-Risk Preterm Infants. JAMA Pediatr. Published online September 19, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2361