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EMBA – Medela Webinar: More human milk in the Neonatal Unit – yes, but how?

Date of Event: 27/06/2024 | 3:00 pm - 4:40 pm

EMBA – Medela Webinar

More human milk in the Neonatal Unit –  yes, but how? Leadership aspects in driving practice change

 Thursday, 27 June 2024, 3pm – 4:40 pm (CEST)


Introduction to the topic

Exclusive human milk feeding should be a priority when it comes to protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding for all infants. To achieve this goal, European neonatal units are creating supportive environments and are adapting their clinical practice to meet the specific needs of the “mother-milk-infant triad” and improve access to human milk and exclusive breastfeeding.

Inspired by their clinician-led initiatives in Germany and Spain and by the discussion held during the Medela Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium in 2023, the invited speakers for this webinar will share the advantages of opening a donor milk bank using an integrated approach (i.e. ensuring improved breastfeeding and lactation support in parallel). The attendees will also get insights about a national pilot plan to assess the status quo of preterm infants´ human milk feeding in a cluster of hospitals.

Join passionate leaders Sven Wellmann and Miguel Sáenz de Pipaón in this webinar session to learn first-hand from their experiences about best practices for more human milk in the neonatal unit. The discussion panel will be moderated by EMBA president Prof. Sertac Arslanoglu, who will enrich the discussion with her own experience on a neonatal unit.

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Learning objectives:

  • Overview of practical solutions to increase human milk feeding in the neonatal unit, with a more in depth review of the Spanish experiences.
  • Examples of practices that can lead to increase the availability of Donor Human Milk and Mother´s Own Milk in late preterm infants, including leadership aspects of driving practice change.


Event details

Date             27. June 2024

Duration      1:40 hour

Language    English

Time            3pm – 4:40 pm (CEST)

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This webinar is free of charge.



Lactation and breastfeeding in late preterm infants: a quality improvement initiative

Prof. Sven Wellmann, MD, MBA

Head of the Department of Neonatology, University Perinatal Centre Regensburg, Hospital St. Hedwig of the Order of St. John, Germany

Prof. Sven Wellmann is trained in Pediatrics and Neonatal Medicine. He worked at the university hospitals in Berlin (Germany), Basel and Zurich (Switzerland). He established recently a donor milk bank at his hospital in Regensburg and initiated a quality improvement initiative for specialised breastfeeding and lactation support in late preterm infants. His research focus is on the first 1000 days of life, with main research areas in foetal and neonatal stress response and neuroprotection. He is the founding director of the European School of Neonatology (ESN).

Practical solutions to overcome barriers to increase human milk feeding in the neonatal unit

Prof. Miguel Sáenz de Pipaón

Neonatology Service, La Paz Hospital-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid

Miguel Sáenz de Pipaón Marcos is physician of the Neonatology Department of Hospital La Paz,  Professor of the Department of Pediatrics of the Autonomous University of Madrid and  Coordinator of the Pediatric Nutrition course of the Nutrition Degree. He is also coordinator of the Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Metabolism section of the European Society for Pediatric Research. Furthermore, he is member of the Nutrition Committee of the European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and President of the Nutrition Committee of the Spanish Society of Neonatology. Last but not least member of the Nutrition Committee of the Spanish Pediatric Association. He is author of more than 100 publications in impact factor journals and principal investigator of several projects.

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