SPIN: Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition

Mother Breast Feeding Preemie

Premature infants who receive human breast milk have the best outcomes—medically, nutritionally, and developmentally.

The Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition (SPIN) program was developed to address the challenges of helping mothers produce sufficient breast milk for their premature infants, and to improve the manner in which neonatal intensive care unit (NICUs) support optimal nutrition and growth in their most vulnerable population of patients.

For mothers who are unable to provide their own breast milk, donated human breast milk is the healthiest alternative. We have established the San Diego Mothers' Milk Bank at UC San Diego Health, in collaboration with the San Jose Mothers' Milk Bank and the San Diego Blood Bank.

SPIN Program

Resources for NICU Staff

Two Doctors

Other hospitals are welcome to use or adapt these resources:

All staff resources

CBS News Video

Preemie Close Up

More than a half million babies are born premature each year in the U.S. Treatment is costly, but as Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports in this CBS video, "Power of a Mother's Milk," one new strategy is as old as life itself: breastfeeding.

Watch the video