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Donated Breast Milk Helps NICU Babies Fight Infection

Donated Breast Milk Helps NICU Babies Fight Infection

A breast milk bank at Bellevue's Overlake Hospital is helping premature infants get healthy. “Milk sharing, when a mother is sharing her milk with another mother's baby, has been going on since there have been humans and it's a way certainly before we had other options to keep babies alive,” said Seattle Children's Hospital neonatologist, Dr. Isabella Knox. Knox explained that the benefits of human breast milk exceed what formula can offer. While formula can provide food, only breast milk has the antibodies to help babies fight infection.

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