215. The Complex Relationship Between Milk Type and Very Low Birthweight Preterm Infant Outcomes

Monday, October 28
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: 121-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 3 – Advanced
Activity Code: 149485

Evidence-based nutrition guidance is lacking for preterm infants. To address this gap, the National Institutes of Health and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Evidence Analysis Library initiated a project to examine and interpret current evidence available for preterm infant nutrition. This session will reveal the results of systematic reviews investigating the relationships between intake of mother’s human milk, donor human milk and/or preterm infant formula and defined nutrition-related outcomes for very low birthweight (VLBW) preterm infants. Speakers will discuss current practices and aims for milk feeding in VLBW preterm infants, as well as challenges with conducting and interpreting research regarding types of milk feeding in this vulnerable population. Additionally, speakers will present case studies regarding how evidence-based findings may be applied in clinical practice settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe health outcomes associated with intake of various milk types and its identified outcomes in VLBW preterm infants, and the implications of this evidence in current practice.
  • Explain the strengths and weaknesses of the available evidence for human milk and preterm infant formula in VLBW preterm infants.
  • Identify needs for future research in human milk- and formula-fed VLBW preterm infants.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4150 Infancy & Childhood (stages of life cycle))
  • 5060 Neonates (client population)
  • 9050 Publication, communications of research outcomes

Performance Indicator:

  • 3.1.6 Takes an active role in sharing information and knowledge.
  • 8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.


  • Lisa Moloney, MS, RDN

    Nutrition Researcher

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Speaker(s)

  • Tanis Fenton, PhD RD FDC

    Nutrition Research Lead, Professor

    University of Calgary/Alberta Health Sevices

  • Sharon Groh-Wargo, PhD, RDN

    Neonatal Nutritionist

    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine