Human Milk: Hints to increase its utilization in the neonatal period

2 modules


Course Length
105 mins

Medela Global Education



Own mother’s milk is a low cost intervention as high dose and long exposure reduces the incidence of chronic infant co-morbidities. However, the breastfeeding journey may be, particularly in high-risk populations such as mothers with a sick or preterm infant. In this webinar, you will learn which best practices have proven to be efficient to initiate lactation, build long-term milk production and increase the dose of mother’s own milk NICU infants. Moreover, you will learn more about how to personalise pasteurised Donor Human Milk with strategies to restore and modulate the intestinal microbiota in this vulnerable group of infants.

This program has been approved for 1.4 contact hours; provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP 13692.



Dr. Daniela Much

Daniela Much, PhD, IBCLC is Scientific Manager at Medela Europe since 2018. Before joining Medela, she was study coordinator and researcher at Technical University Munich and Helmholtz Center Munich, with over 10 years of experience in clinical trials in breastfeeding and lactating women and their infants. Her areas of research interest include the importance of effective lactation initiation in high-risk populations and proactive management of lactation care of mothers with preterm infants using a quality improvement approach. Dr. Much has published her work in several peer-reviewed journals and is speaker at national and international conferences.


Prof. Rosalina Barroso

Rosalina Barroso, MD is Head of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Prof. Doutor Fernando Fonseca Hospital in Portugal. With over 20 years of clinical experience in neonatology, she was President of the Neonatal Portuguese Society from 2013 until 2016. Her areas ofresearch interest include nutrition and infection and the link between these two. Dr. Barroso has received the “Prémio da Qualidade Maria Amélia de Mello” and the "Prémio Bial de Medicina Clínica" awards for her work in neonatology.


Dr. Chiara Tabasso

Dr. Chiara Tabasso is a Nutritional Biologist working since many years in the Donor Human Milk Bank “Nutrici” and Nutrition Center Mangiagalli, IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Milan, in Italy. She is personally involved in analysis of donor human milk, donors' screening and several research activities focused on donor human milk and human milk, such as the inoculation and personalization of donor human milk. Dr. Tabasso has applied her expertise in biology to nutritional science, so her research activities also cover nutritional assessments and studies about body composition of mothers and their children.


Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Support the lactation journey of  NICU mothers
  • Identify the critical window for effective secretory activation
  • Understand why early, frequent and effective expression interventions are of critical importance in the first 14 days post birth
  • Support appropriate use of Donor Human Milk when own mother’s milk is not available


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate Human Milk: hints to increase its utilization

Learning Credits

Human Milk: hints to increase its utilization in the neonatal period
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