When choosing nutriiton for VLBW babies complications have costA 100% human milk-based diet can increase survival1 and reduce the overall cost of care for very low birth weight (VLBW) infants between 500 and 1250 g.2

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An exclusive human milk diet, with Prolacta, can reduce hospital costs for VLBW infants

Despite the added cost of donor human milk and donor milk-derived fortifier, an EHMD is cost effective.17



Save $27,388 in total cost of hospitalization per infant on Prolacta

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