Topic Updates and Promising Research
Since its inception in 2011, the "Innovating Practice Through Research Evidence" series has highlighted important topics in the field of human milk and lactation relevant to clinicians, mothers and their babies, e.g. milk collection and storage; CMV transmission via breast milk; preterm infant morbidities including NEC; the impact of human milk on cognitive and neurological development; and, cost benefits of breastfeeding.
However, like all fields of scientific inquiry, research in human milk and lactation is ongoing, with new discoveries continuously informing established ideas. Therefore, the purpose of this discussion is to update research findings vis-à-vis previous topics and to introduce some areas of promising new research that emerged in 2012.