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Comment & Response
March 2, 2020

Extending Personalized Medicine From Mothers to Newborns

Author Affiliations
  • 1Ente Ospedaliere Cantonale, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of the Italian Switzerland, Lugano, Switzerland
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(5):506. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.6254

To the Editor A research article entitled “National Trends in the Provision of Human Milk at Hospital Discharge Among Very Low-Birth-Weight Infants”1 (VLBW) has been published in JAMA Pediatrics. Parker et al describe the US trends in the provision of human milk at hospital discharge among 346 248 infants born between 23 and 29 weeks’ gestation or with a birth weight of 401 g to 1500 g, all cared for at 802 US hospitals in the Vermont Oxford Network in a 10-year period (from January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2017). Their main findings are the persistent disparities by US region and race/ethnicity, mainly in the South and among non-Hispanic black and Native American populations, even if placed in a scenario of overall US rate in provision of human milk at hospital discharge.

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