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The Heat of the Matter

Human milk is the best source of nutrition for all babies, and breastfeeding is the best way for them to get it. However, some premature and sick babies are not able to get their mother’s milk through direct breastfeeding. For them, the process of feeding becomes more complicated. Tune in as Marie talks with Heather Townsend, RMSR, Executive Director of education for Creche Innovations, about issues related to the use of human milk in the health care setting, focusing primarily on proper warming of the milk. What are the best practices for delivering human milk to sick/preterm infants? What type of container is best? What is the optimal temperature range for human milk fed to these infants? Why does temperature matter for babies’ health? What are the risks and benefits to consider? For questions, e-mail anytime.

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