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Nutrients 2018, 10(5), 600; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10050600

Supporting Mothers of Very Preterm Infants and Breast Milk Production: A Review of the Role of Galactogogues

Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, M4N 3M5 Toronto, ON, Canada
Received: 8 April 2018 / Revised: 7 May 2018 / Accepted: 10 May 2018 / Published: 12 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Breastfeeding and Human Lactation)
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Human milk, either mother’s own milk or donor human milk, is recommended as the primary source of nutrition for very preterm infants. Initiatives should be in place in neonatal units to provide support to the mother as she strives to initiate and maintain a supply of breast milk for her infant. The use of galactogogues are considered when these initiatives alone may not be successful in supporting mothers in this endeavor. Although there are non-pharmacologic compounds, this review will focus on the pharmacologic galactogogues currently available and the literature related to their use in mothers of very preterm infants. View Full-Text
Keywords: breast milk; galactogogues; mothers of preterm infants breast milk; galactogogues; mothers of preterm infants
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Asztalos, E.V. Supporting Mothers of Very Preterm Infants and Breast Milk Production: A Review of the Role of Galactogogues. Nutrients 2018, 10, 600.

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