Region’s only Infant Nutrition Lab opens at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children
A new Infant Nutrition Lab at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children is the first and only facility of its type in North Alabama.
The Infant Nutrition Lab is an aseptic environment for preparing breast milk for use in the hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Lab is staffed by a team of certified professionals who ensures that all breast milk under their care is fortified for optimal infant nutrition and held at the proper temperature.
“We’re really proud of our new Infant Nutrition Lab,” said NICU Director Cheryl Case, RN. “Babies will benefit from having their milk fortified and prepared in a controlled, safe and clean environment.”
Mothers with babies in the Level III NICU are encouraged to bring fresh pumped milk each time they visit. After the milk is labeled, it is taken to the Infant Nutrition Lab and stored in a sanitized, refrigerated bin used only for that baby.
Every baby in the NICU has a personal nutrition plan developed by a team of neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners and registered dietitians. Infant Nutrition Lab staff helps ensure the plan’s success by preparing exactly the right amount of breast milk at mealtime, and if necessary fortifying the milk with extra nutrients.
The Infant Nutrition Lab is made possible by the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund and generous Huntsville Hospital Foundation donors.