Premature births cause low birth weight, brain defects, and various diseases. Thus it is crucial to minimize counter effects by an optimal preterm nutrition with fast weight gain.
Exclusive human milk-based nutrition significantly reduces the chance of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), the leading mortality cause among preterm infants. However, human milk by itself has a lower protein content than needed for preterm infants (four-times too low) and need to be fortified by additional protein content.
We provide a new and innovative solution for this problem.
Unique idea to be transferred into device
Currently available commercial solutions focus on cow milk-origin protein fortifiers that are added to the human milk. However, this can lead to additional health risks due to its non-human origin. We solve this problem by providing protein fortifiers obtained from human milk.
We plan do so by a simple and automated device designed for hospitals, which can provide the preparation of human-origin protein fortifiers on-side in real-time and is user-friendly. Currently no automated protein enrichment process for human milk exists and expensive lab equipment is needed including trained personnel.