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. 2016 Mar;170:85-9.
doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.11.046. Epub 2015 Dec 15.

Enteral Feeding With Human Milk Decreases Time to Discharge in Infants Following Gastroschisis Repair

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Enteral Feeding With Human Milk Decreases Time to Discharge in Infants Following Gastroschisis Repair

Brian C Gulack et al. J Pediatr. .
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Abstract

Objective: To assess the effect of enteral feeding with human milk on the time from initiation of feeds to discharge after gastroschisis repair through review of a multi-institutional database.

Study design: Infants who underwent gastroschisis repair between 1997 and 2012 with data recorded in the Pediatrix Medical Group Clinical Data Warehouse were categorized into 4 groups based on the percentage of days fed human milk out of the number of days fed enterally. Cox proportional hazards regression modeling was performed to determine the adjusted effect of human milk on the time from initiation of feeds to discharge.

Results: Among 3082 infants, 659 (21%) were fed human milk on 0% of enteral feeding days, 766 (25%) were fed human milk on 1%-50% of enteral feeding days, 725 (24%) were fed human milk on 51%-99% of enteral feeding days, and 932 (30%) were fed human milk on 100% of enteral feeding days. Following adjustment, being fed human milk on 0% of enteral feeding days was associated with a significantly increased time to discharge compared with being fed human milk on 100% of enteral feeding days (hazard ratio [HR] for discharge per day, 0.46; 95% CI, 0.40-0.52). The same was found for infants fed human milk on 1%-50% of enteral feeding days (HR, 0.37; 95% CI, 0.32-0.41) and for infants fed human milk on 51%-99% of enteral feeding days (HR, 0.51; 95% CI, 0.46-0.57).

Conclusion: The use of human milk for enteral feeding of infants following repair of gastroschisis significantly reduces the time to discharge from initiation of feeds.

Conflict of interest statement

The other authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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Time to discharge by percent enteral feeding days on which the infant was given human milk. P < 0.01.

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