Impact of umbilical cord milking and pasteurized donor human milk on necrotizing enterocolitis: a retrospective review

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious complication of prematurity. The objective of this retrospective review was to evaluate the impact of an umbilical cord milking protocol (UCM) and pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) on NEC rates in infants less than 30 weeks gestational age from January 1, 2010 to September 30, 2016. The authors hypothesized an incremental decrease in NEC after each intervention. They concluded that an umbilical cord milking protocol and pasteurized donor human milk availability was associated with decreased rates of NEC and surgical NEC. Which suggests an additive effect of these interventions in preventing NEC.

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