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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 UC Milk Bank, which accepts frozen breast milk from to donors to feed hospitalized or fragile children who need it.
Resources for NICU Staff
Other hospitals are welcome to use or adapt these resources:
All staff resources