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Own mother’s milk significantly decreases the risk of bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  1. Amy Hair
  1. Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Amy Hair, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA; abhair{at}

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Commentary on: Patel AL, Johnson TJ, Robin B, et al. Influence of own mother’s milk on bronchopulmonary dysplasia and costs. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 2017;102:F256-61

Implications for practice and research

  • Strategies concentrating on increasing the use of own mother’s milk (OMM) for very low birth weight (VLBW) infants should be encouraged and a focus in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

  • Future research studies should focus on the impact of OMM on other morbidities of prematurity affecting VLBW infants.


OMM has substantial health benefits for VLBW infants including decreased sepsis, necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) and retinopathy of prematurity.1 2 Limited studies have evaluated the effects of OMM on the incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.