Early Use of Mother’s Own Raw Milk, Maternal Satisfaction, and Breastfeeding Continuation in Hospitalised Neonates: A Prospective Cohort Study

Fischer Fumeaux et al, Neonatology 2018


Background: Despite the critical importance of breast milk for preterm and sick neonates, there is no consensus regarding the use of raw mother’s own milk (MOM) in neonatal units. 

Objectives:This study aimed to describe the use of raw MOM in hospitalised neonates before day 7 (early use), and to investigate: (i) related factors, (ii) maternal satisfaction, and (iii) the association with breastfeeding continuation. 

Conclusion:While the early use of raw MOM in hospitalised neonates can be limited by multiple factors, it appears supportive for mothers, and might represent a simple opportunity to improve breastfeeding in neonatal units.