For many babies, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is their first home after birth, and keeping them nourished during their stay is imperative. The Golisano Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in Southwest Florida that provides mothers and babies with a milk lab. The lab analyzes the mom’s breast milk before adding different nutrients to help the baby develop.
“Babies that are born early have different calorie needs, so we would add calories or send protein fortifies anything else that the baby would need to grow,” said Elizabeth Futral, a milk lab pharmacy technician at Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Each baby has his or her own milk recipe. Guided by dieticians, lab technicians make each milk order every day and deliver them to the babies.
“Moms are encouraged to breast feed whenever the baby is ready. Anytime they’re not breastfeeding and have to pump they bring it directly here and we’ll prepare it immediately. Human milk is an amazing anti-infective agent and because of that we want to make sure these babies are receiving this milk. This is not just their first feed but also their first medicine,” said Futral.
New technology is also being used to make sure each baby is getting the correct measurements of the ingredients they need. “We’re actually able to fine tune our calorie needs and fat needs and make a recipe that will actually help this baby grow faster and hopefully go home faster,” said Futral.
Effort families are thankful for. “They’re so grateful that we’re helping to provide their baby their milk,” said Futral.
Working with the moms to keep their baby nourished so they can leave the hospital healthy.
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