Brestfeeding and nutrition

Breast milk contains multiple ingredients from which newborn infants benefit in many ways. Breastfeeding supports immunity, growth and development and fits best to newborns’ special nutritional needs. Hence, breastfeeding is the optimal choice for both term and preterm infants’ nutrition. Depending on the gestational age at birth and the overall health of the preterm baby, breastfeeding can be a challenge for babies, parents, and healthcare professionals. Optimal nutrition should start as early as possible to ensure good short and long term outcomes in preterm and ill babies.

Find summarised information on breastfeeding preterm infants in our

We are particularly grateful to Professor Mary Fewtrell for her kind advice on the following information about breastfeeding of preterm infants and Professor Berthold Koletzko for his great advice and help on the content about parenteral nutrition.

Content was last reviewed in August 2016

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