UofL Hospital’s Center for Women and Infants has become the first Louisville hospital to acquire a human milk analyzer. The device can test a mother’s milk to determine how much fat, carbohydrates, and proteins the milk contains.
The composition of breast milk is variable, and the analysis is critically important in the care of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), who may be at risk of growth failure. If the mother’s milk is lacking in certain nutrients, caregivers can supplement with fortified milk to take up the slack. The analyzer’s results allow providers to create a targeted nutritional plan, so infants get what they need for optimum growth and development.