Production and composition of milk from 10 - 60 days of lactation in mothers who delivered prematurely

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[Truncated abstract] Mothers who deliver prematurely often have a delay in lactogenesis II and subsequent milk supply. Furthermore, due to the inability of their babies to breastfeed immediately after birth, these mothers are 'pump dependent' during both initiation and establishment of lactation. Apparently, there are no evidence based guidelines for the expression regime but some data suggesting that expression regimes for both breasts should be at least five times per day and at least 100 minutes expressing time per day. The project was set out to document the self selected current expression regimes of the preterm mothers from day 10 to 60 postpartum. It defined how various aspects of breast expression, such as frequency and interval, impact on the synthesis and production of milk. In addition, it determined the variations in the composition of preterm mother's milk. The collection of 24hr expression data and milk samples at each expression of each breast, each day, of 25 preterm mothers (
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Publication statusUnpublished - 2007

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