In cooperation with the neonatal and pediatric wards the Knowledge Centre is
developing practice and new knowledge in Rigshospitalet that care,
treatment and counselling, in relation to breastfeeding infants with
special needs, will be uniform, evidence based and off high
There are many reasons for breastfeeding a baby, even a baby who has special
needs in relation to breastfeeding: Human milk is the optimal nutrition the
first 6 months of life – ill babies do also need human milk. Breastfed infants
are less ill (Nielsen 2002), and a Danish study found positive associations
between the duration of infant breastfeeding and intelligence in young adulthood
Premature infants are more physiological stable during
breastfeeding than bottle feeding (Meier 1988) and they need the unique
components in human milk.
Milky Way", as illustrated below, explains the breastfeeding process for premature infants.