1. I currently work in a level Iv nicu and was wondering if any of the NICUs u work out give baby's probiotics...
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  3. by   JjoBsn
    I was just talking about this topic the other day! None of the NICUs I've worked at have done it but I think doing so would work wonders for their little guts, especially the ones at higher risk for NEC.
  4. by   NicuGal
    We work with one of the top neonatal nutritionists and she isn't an advocate. I have to ask her again what her reason is.
  5. by   SteveNNP
    Our view is that breastmilk is the best source of probiotics and immunoglobulins for our preemies and term babies. We encourage breastmilk use, and haven't introduced any probiotics here.
  6. by   chownykRN13
    Yea we haven't either but I would think it could benefit them. We also use donor milk if none is available from mom but I think in conjunction with breast milk probiotics could help .... I'm doing research to see if it could help these babies
  7. by   KRVRN
    Yes, breastmilk is the best. We always give preemies breastmilk whether mother's or donor. Colonize the gut that way. Would giving probiotics interfere with the components of breastmilk?
  8. by   NicuGal

    Excellent publication our nutritionist recommended...around S64 is where it starts to mention probiotics and the link to possible sepsis.