The Milky Way
The “Milky Way” is the process used by neonatal units in Sweden describing the steps of collection, analysis and optimisation needed to be able to provide individual nutrition through target fortification.
At Swedish neonatal units the mothers own milk is always the first choice to be given to the preterm baby if it is available. If not available, donor milk from other moms will be provided. The breast milk is collected and analysed to determine the macronutrient content in the milk, and then optimised according to the clinician’s recommendations to meet each baby’s needs.