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 quality.
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 (Mortensen 2003).
Preterm infants are more physiological stable during breastfeeding than bottle feeding (Meier 1988) and they need the unique components in human milk.
The Knowledge Centre is involved in national and international research. Read more about the Neo-BFHI survey here.
"The Milky Way", as illustrated below, explains the breastfeeding process for preterm infants.