NICU Currents: Evidence-Based Guide to Human Milk Fortifiers

Program Date: 1 January 2019
Publication Date: 8 February 2019
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll identify nutritional challenges for premature infants; discuss several types of human milk fortifiers and strategies; compare evidence for human milk fortifiers; and review concerns about growth, metabolic acidosis, and osmolality.

Course Objectives:

•Identify challenges and make recommendations for meeting the nutritional needs of premature infants.
•Discuss several types of human milk fortifiers and strategies for human milk fortification.
•Compare evidence for powdered, liquid and human milk-based milk fortifiers.
•Describe primary concerns about growth, metabolic acidosis, and osmolality.
  • CDR Level: 1
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 3000, 4150, 5000, 5060
  • Performance Indicators: 6.2.1, 6.2.3, 6.2.5, 10.2.9
  • Run Time: 60

Course Instructor Bio(s)


Keli Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD

Director of Clinical Research
Department of Pediatrics Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX, USA
Keli Hawthorne is the Director for Clinical Research at the Department of Pediatrics in the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Dell Med, Hawthorne managed NICU and pediatric research studies at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston for over 15 years. The author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications on neonatal and pediatric nutrition, Hawthorne was the winner of the 2015 Texas Distinguished Scientist Award from the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a past recipient of the Emerging Dietetic Leader award and Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year. Hawthorne also serves as a consultant to Abbott Nutrition, Prolacta Biosciences, and the Texas Beef Council, and is a member of the Prolacta Nutrition Advisory Committee.
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Penni Davila Hicks, PhD, RD

Medical Science Liaison, Department of Medical Affairs
Abbott Nutrition
Columbus, OH, USA
Penni Hicks is a Medical Science Liaison at Abbott Nutrition, in the department of Medial Affairs and Research and Development at Abbott Nutrition. Prior to joining Abbott, Dr. Hicks was an Instructor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where her research focused on the use of stable isotopes to measure nutrient metabolism along with using body composition techniques and other anthropometric tools to assess growth in premature infants, term infants and children. She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Woman’s University and Rice University.

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