Preemie Lifeline | Focus on Health

Preterm babies often face life-threatening infections because of an absence of healthy bacteria in their systems. Mom’s milk provides essential bacteria as well as nutrients, but not all babies receive it. Researchers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital NICU have begun to examine the use of probiotics in addition to mom’s milk. They have discovered that combining mom’s milk and probiotics may hold the key to building a healthy bacteria balance, resulting in life-saving outcomes and a reduced risk of infections.