Breast milk use in NICUs shows room for improvement

05/13/2013 |

Data from three Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care surveys revealed that the percentage of U.S. hospitals that reported providing breast milk to at least 90% of babies in their neonatal intensive care units rose from 21% in 2007 to 31% in 2011. While the use of breast milk -- whether from an infant's mother or donated -- increased, researchers said that it is still too low. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics.

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