Submitted to: Pediatrics
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/1/2005
Publication Date: 12/1/2005
Citation: Schanler, R.J., Lau, C., Hurst, N.M., Smith, E.O. 2005. Donor milk: Down but not out (In reply). Pediatrics. 116(6):1610. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: We thank Dr. Wright for her comments regarding our article. Please note that necrotizing enterocolitis was not an outcome by itself; we used necrotizing enterocolitis and/or late-onset sepsis, as we and others have reported previously. Because our study objective was to determine an appropriate substitute if no mother's own milk was available, we did not study a pure "donor milk" group. All infants received some of their mother's own milk before any of the substitute milks. We do not recommed giving up on donor milk, but for the extremely premature infant population, we could find no immediate benefit from it.