Infants born prematurely sometimes develop an infection called necrotizing enercolitis (NEC). It the most common life-threatening gastrointestinal emergency during the newborn period. It causes intense inflammation and acute intestinal necrosis or death.
University of California, San Diego Health Sciences conducted this study. They launched a website dedicated to offering families and the medical community valuable information about the best way to provide human milk to premature and underweight infants. The website was developed with a 10,000 dollars grant from The March of DimesþuSan Diego chapter.
Dr Jae Kim, medical director of the Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition Program (SPIN) at UC San Diego Medical Centre, provided valuable sources for this venture. One of the goals of this website is to help fellow hospitals adapt our model of human milk nutrition in their own neonatal intensive care units. The program is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.