Exclusive Human Milk Diet

Human Milk Composition

Exclusive human milk diet (EHMD)

The question is how do you provide the benefits of mother’s milk for preterm infants

The answer is though following an exclusive human milk diet (EHMD) In simple terms, EHMD is

WHO Recommendations 2017

  • 1 “Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival”
  • 2 “LBW infants, including those with very low birth weight (VLBW), who cannot be fed mother’s own milk should be fed donor human milk”
  • 3 “VLBW infants who fail to gain weight despite adequate breast-milk feeding should be given human milk fortifiers, preferably those that are human milk based”

Human Milk Composition

Exclusive human milk diet has been shown to have the following clinical outcomes