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  1. Kelley, Lorraine DNP


Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a disease that occurs in up to 10% of infants born weighing less than 1500 g at birth. Significant research has been done looking for ways to prevent NEC from occurring in this vulnerable population. One factor that has shown promise in decreasing the incidence of NEC is increased consumption of breast milk versus formula. This article describes the research related to breast milk and the decreased incidence of NEC as well as research related to increasing the amount of breast milk available and consumed by preterm neonates.