About this Research Topic
The mother’s own milk is the first choice for premature infant feeding. When the mother’s own milk is not available or is insufficient, donor human milk from a human milk bank represents the best alternative, with well-documented advantages compared with formulas derived from bovine milk.
Processing human milk in human milk banks may influence the quality of the milk. Holder pasteurization (62.5°C for 30 minutes) is the procedure recommended by all human milk banks, but high-temperature short-time pasteurization (72°C for 5-15 seconds) seems the most promising among the new methodologies under evaluation.
The main purpose of this Research Topic in Frontiers in Pediatrics is to collect papers suitable to improve the sharing of knowledge on human milk and its composition, to advance medical and scientific research in the further investigation of human milk, and to improve technological advances and good practices in milk banks in order to provide preterm infants with donor human milk of better nutritional and immunological quality.
Keywords: Breastfeeding, human milk, donor human milk, human milk banks, preterm infant feeding
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