Breast milk and eye problems in premature babies

Babies born prematurely can sometimes suffer from eye problems – retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Some people think breast milk can help prevent ROP and in this study S.K. Bharwani led a team of researchers reviewing studies into this topic. The studies covered a total of 2,461 premature babies and the researchers concluded that “any amount of [breast milk] is strongly associated with protection from all ROP and severe ROP.”

You can see the abstract of this article here.


About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.
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