Preterm health and nutrition
Humans are not prepared for a premature arrival into the world. Luckily, thanks to modern neonatal care, more and more preterm babies are saved. The outlook of this important field is promising, as it is a part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 3
Good Health & Well-being (target 2), aims to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births by 2030.
A key contributor to delivering on this mission is the availability and quality of nutrition, as the baby’s growth and health is depending on it.
Neonatal babies with their small digestive systems are incredibly fragile and can only take in small feeds. It is therefor of great importance that the human milk given to preterm babies has the right nutritional properties. Analyzing the macronutrient composition of human milk makes it easy to identify the need for target fortification, thus contributing to a better outcome for the baby, the family and the hospital.