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MB Belfort, PJ Anderson, VA Nowak, KJ Lee, C Molesworth, DK Thompson, LW Doyle and TE Inder
Abstract
To determine the associations of breast milk intake after birth with neurological outcomes at term equivalent and 7 years of age in very preterm infants STUDY DESIGN: We studied 180 infants born at <30 weeks' gestation or <1250 grams birth weight enrolled in the Victorian Infant Brain Studies cohort from 2001-2003. We calculated the number of days on which infants received >50% of enteral intake as breast milk from 0-28 days of life. Outcomes included brain volumes measured by magnetic resonance imaging at term equivalent and 7 years of age, and cognitive (IQ, reading, mathematics, attention, working memory, language, visual perception) and motor testing at 7 years of age. We adjusted for age, sex, social risk, and neonatal illness in linear regression.
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Psychology, Cohort study, Magnetic resonance imaging, Infant, Cognition, Milk, Childbirth, Brain
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