The best nutrition for premature babies

Born December of 2018, baby Saybie could fit in the palm of your hand; described as the size of a large apple. She was 23 weeks and two days old. The worlds smallest baby girl was able to go home in May. Saybie, who was born at just 8.6 ounces, or 254 grams, is the tiniest baby ever to survive. A true miracle because of the compassion, treatment and nutrition she received. Premature babies need the best in protein, minerals and other nutrients building their energy to grow. Sadly, many do not survive or if they do, experience long-term health issues.

Thanks to advances in NICU technology, survival for premature infants as young as 24 weeks is now feasible. What also seems to have made a big difference in baby Saybie’s survival is that Saybie received a first-of-its-kind nutritional fortifier made from 100% donor breast milk instead of cow milk.

To achieve the needed catch-up growth in preemies weighing less than 1,500 g, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends adding a human milk fortifier (think of it as a preemie protein shake) to mother’s milk or pasteurized donor milk to provide the needed protein, calories and fat to support growth.

Many NICUs presently have several options in a fortifier, but it’s a good idea that parents ask for one made from 100% donor breast milk. It’s called Prolact+H2MF and is the world’s first and only human milk fortifier made with 100% donor breast milk instead of cow milk. Until the introduction of this fortifier, the only fortifiers available to NICUs were made from cow milk—known to trigger feeding intolerance and increase death due to the risk of severe complications, including late-onset sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) — the #1 cause of death in preemies.

In contrast, the use of a 100% donor breast milk-based fortifier is proven to improve health, reduce mortality and complications and to get preemies home faster than cow milk fortifier. Many hospitals have both options—but most parents aren’t aware of the differences.

But parents should also know—the term “human milk fortifier” is a generic product name that can cause confusion. Some mistakenly assume that “human milk fortifier” may imply that the product is made from human milk, which is not the case. It’s important that parents specifically request a 100% donor breast milk fortifier.

Many health experts agree that parents should know all options available and are encouraged to ask many questions during a NICU stay.

The picture is courtesy of Alexis Rain Frazier

For more information, please visit www.prolacta.com

For Moms

By Caryl Clem

Babies, a magical blend of heaven and earth

Bring joy, laughter and mirth

As we re-discover life again

In your baby’s eyes, smiles or grin.

 

A world of adventure is waiting for both of you

Filled with love that spans every rainbows hue

Efforts spent are worth the reward

Life is all about moving forward.

 

Serta offers a First for new parents: Your baby is your coupon

The mattress company is helping new parents get the comfortable sleep they crave with the ‘Your Baby Is Your Coupon’ Sale

It’s no secret new parents don’t get much sleep. In fact, about 350 hours of sleep are lost in the first year … let that sink in. So, Serta decided to offer a ‘first’ for new parents, giving them a fun, easy, and more affordable way to get a comfortable night’s sleep. Just in time for Mother’s Day, Serta is kicking off a one-of-a-kind promotion called ‘Your Baby Is Your Coupon.’ And it’s just what it sounds like: bring in your baby to a participating retailer and receive a discount on a new Serta mattress or a free gift with purchase. The promotion will run from May 6th to May 20th, 2019.

For one lucky new mom, Serta is delivering additional comfort: the first mother to deliver a new baby and post about it on Mother’s Day 2019 will receive new Serta mattresses for mom and baby and a $3,000 babysitting fund to help catch up on comfortable Zzzz’s. All parents need to do is upload a photo along with date and time of birth on Instagram/Twitter tagging @Serta and using the hashtags #SertaBabyCoupon and #contest to be included for consideration.

For more information on the sale and giveaway (including participating retailers, terms and conditions and giveaway rules), check out www.serta.com/promotions and follow:

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