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Table 1 Characteristics and feeding pattern of DHM recipients (N = 165)

From: Donated human milk use and subsequent feeding pattern in neonatal units

  Very Preterm
<  32 weeks
Late preterm
32–36+ 6 weeks
Term
≥ 37 weeks
p values
Number of babies (%) 114 (69%) 30 (18%) 21 (13%)  
Gestational age (weeks) 28 (26, 30)a ,b 33 (32, 35)a 38 (37, 39)b <  0.001
Birthweight (grams) 1040 (835, 1246)a, b 1893 (1459, 2195)a 2910 (2410, 3442)b <  0.001
Feeding initiation age (days) 3 (2, 4) 2 (2, 4) 5 (2, 10) 0.916
DHM feeding
 Initiation age (days) 7 (3, 19) 5 (3, 8) 5 (4, 14) 0.211
 Any DHM duration (days) 14 (6, 25)a 10 (5, 14)a 9 (4, 15) 0.001
 Length of stay (days) 66 (54, 108)a, b 28 (21, 50)a 28 (9, 65)b <  0.001
DHM indication (number)
 Prematurity 114 23   
 Congenital heart disease 1 4 6  
 Congenital bowel anomaly   2 9  
 Other 1 1 6  
  1. Data presented as median (interquartile range), MOM mother’s own milk, DHM donated human milk, Length of stay represent infants’ hospital admission including their stay in the Royal Hospital for Children, p value was calculated based on Kruskal Wallis test, Post hoc analysis was done using pairwise comparison of independent samples, Kruskal Wallis 1-way ANOVA (K samples). Superscripts are significantly different for comparisons between groups (avery preterm versus late preterm, bvery preterm versus term, clate preterm versus term)