This is one of the most important instruments on the way to establishing a milk bank. The milk analyzer determines the energy content of breast milk and the composition of the protein, fats and carbohydrates it contains. With this help, doctors already assess whether the mother's milk contains enough food for the newborn baby, and if it is necessary to strengthen it even more.
Mentor milk is the most appropriate diet in the early stages of life of preterm infants, however, when milk is not available in the mother, donor milk plays an important role. Therefore, almost everywhere in Europe there are dairy banks and mothers, where nursing mothers can contribute their milk to the mothers of preterm infants who do not have enough milk. At the time of the installation of the "milk surgeon" at the Children's Clinical Hospital, Latvia is also approaching the establishment of the mother's first milk bank.
The highest dietary requirements are for the smallest
A child born prematurely has a much more nutritional need than a baby born on time. Early babies consume more energy as they grow, so they need more protein. "In order for a child to grow and develop, he needs basic whites – proteins and carbohydrates," explains Amanda Smiles, a neurologist at Children's Clinical Children's Hospital, chairwoman of the Latvian Neonatologists Association, one of the initiators of the Breast Milk Bank. "Breastmilk is the best diet for any baby, however, sometimes it is necessary to strengthen the infant early in milk so that they get all they need to survive.All breastmilk is unique and different even if moms have similar eating habits and lifeifestles. The milk determines the milk composition of a particular mammal, its energy value as well as the amount of fats, carbohydrates and proteins present.This is important in cases where babies can not absorb all of their milk themselves and some of the nutrients should be given into the vein. Provide the best nutrition for very low weight babies. "
A baby fits a diet plan
The birth of a child is always an alarming event, but the arrival of a child in the world before time can be an emotional experience especially for parents. Dr. Smildzere acknowledges that both staff and mothers appreciate the opportunity to have a nutrition plan tailored to their child, based on breast milk surgery. "Mammals want to give their baby the best, so it grows strong and healthy, but the smallest one does not always have milk from its mother, so mothers are happy when we tell you that now we have the opportunity to see whether their milk needs milk or need to be strengthened."
How to determine the composition of the most complex liquid in the world?
As long as the milk bank in Latvia is only top, the milk analyzer is used to determine the milk composition of the mothers of the baby and create a nutritional plan for each infant. In October, experts at the University's Children's Clinical Hospital trained a medical team to work with a milk surgeon at a special seminar.