It is one of the most important units on the way to establishing a milk bank. The milk channel analyzer determines the energy content of the mother's milk and the composition of the protein, lipids and carbohydrates it contains. With this help, doctors already assess whether the breast milk has enough nutrition for a newborn child and if it needs to be further enhanced.
Mentor milk is the most suitable diet in the early stages of premature children, but when milk is not available in the mother, donor milk plays an important role. That is why almost everywhere in Europe, the mothers' milk banks, where breastfeeding mothers can donate their milk to the mothers of premature infants who do not have enough milk. When installing the milk analyzer at the Children's Clinical University Hospital, Latvia also goes closer to the establishment of the first mother's milk bank.
The highest nutritional needs are for the smallest
A child born before time has a much greater dietary requirement than a baby born in time. Early children eat more energy when they grow up, so they need more protein. "For children to grow and develop, he needs basic" bricks "- proteins and carbohydrates," explains Amanda Smildzere, a neonatologist at the Children's Clinical University Hospital, chairman of the Latvian Neonatologist Association Board, one of the initiators of the thought of the breast milk bank. "Breast milk is the best diet for all children, but it is sometimes necessary to strengthen early baby milk so that they get everything they need and survive. Each mammal's milk is unique and different, although mothers have similar eating habits and lifestyles. The milk channel analyzer determines the composition of the milk of the specific mammal, its energy value, as well as the amount of lipids, carbohydrates and proteins present. This is important in cases where the children can not absorb all their milk on their own and some of the nutrient needs to be given to the vein. In this way we can offer best possible nutrition for children with very low weight. "
A baby is suitable for a diet plan
The birth of the child is always an alarming event, but the child's arrival in the world before time can be a particularly emotional experience for the parents. Dr. Smildzere acknowledges that both staff and mothers appreciate the opportunity to get a nutrition plan tailored for their child based on breast milk analysis. "Mammals want to give their children the best, so he gets strong and healthy, but the smallest does not always have milk from his mother. That's why mothers are happy when we tell that we are now able to check if there's any need of having milk in the milk or needing to be further strengthened. "
How do you determine the composition of the most complex fluid in the world?
As long as the milk bank in Latvia is just the top, the milk analyzer is used to determine the milk composition of the child's mothers and to create a nutrition plan for each child. In October, specialists at Children's Clinical University Hospital trained medical staff to work with a milk analyzer at a special seminar.