Targeted vs Standard Fortification of Breast Milk
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03775785|
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : December 14, 2018
Last Update Posted : August 8, 2019
Human milk (HM) is recommended for all very low birth infants (VLBW)). Breast-milk is highly variable in nutrient content, failing to meet the nutritional demands of VLBW. Fortification of HM is recommended to prevent extra-uterine growth retardation and associated poor neurodevelopmental outcome. However, standard fortification with fixed dose multicomponent fortifier does not account for the variability in milk composition. Targeted fortification is a promising alternative and needs further investigation.
The aim of the study is to evaluate if targeted fortification of human milk may optimize growth and development in preterm infants.
Randomized single blind controlled trial.
METHODS & ANALYSIS:
We will recruit preterm infants (≤ 32 weeks of gestation) within the first 7 days of life. After reaching 80 ml/kg/day of enteral feeding, patients will be randomised to receive standard fortification (HMF, Nutricia) or targeted fortification (modular components: Bebilon Bialko, Nutricia - protein, Polycal, Nutricia - carbohydrates, Calogen, Nutricia - lipids). The intervention will continue until 37 weeks of post-conception age, or hospital discharge. Parents and outcome assessors will be blinded to the intervention.
The primary outcome - weight gain velocity will be measured starting from the day infants regain their birth weight up to 4 weeks, then weekly until discharge.
Secondary outcomes such as neurodevelopment at 12 months of corrected age (CA) will be assessed with Bayley Scale of Development III, repeated at 36 months of CA. Additionally a Wescheler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence IV test will be applied at 3,5 years of CA. Secondary outcomes such as length and head growth, body composition will be assesed at discharge and at 4 months. Incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), sepsis, retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) will also be followed.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|BPD - Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia NEC - Necrotizing Enterocolitis Weight Gain VLBW - Very Low Birth Weight Infant ROP - Retinopathy of Prematurity||Dietary Supplement: Tailored enteral nutrition||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||200 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Intervention Model Description:||
This is a multi-centre superiority randomised parallel group, 1:1 allocation study.
After reaching 80 ml/kg/day of enteral feeding, patients will be randomised to receive standard fortification-SF (Bebilon HMF, Nutricia) or targeted fortification -TF (proteins, lipids,carbohydrates). Allocation will be performed electronically.
|Masking:||Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)|
|Masking Description:||The decision to start fortification will be made by the attending physician blinded to the intervention allocated. An employee outside the research team will feed data into the computer in separate datasheets so that the researchers can analyse data without having access to information about the allocation.|
|Official Title:||Effect of Targeted vs Standard Fortification of Breast Milk on Growth and Development of Preterm Infants (≤ 32 Weeks): a Randomised Controlled Trial|
|Actual Study Start Date :||July 1, 2019|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||December 31, 2021|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||December 31, 2022|
Experimental: tailored enteral nutrition
Tailored Human milk fortification procedure Tailored milk fortification will be done twice a day (8 am and 8 pm) for each following 12 hour nursing shift. Standard fortification will be added first. The remainder amount of protein, lipids and carbohydrates required to meet the recommended by ESPGHAN doses will be acheived by adding single ingrediant nutrients.
Dietary Supplement: Tailored enteral nutrition
The mean of three measurements per batch (3 x 2-3ml) will be used to calculate the required amount of extra fat, protein, and carbohydrate for the following 3 days of fortification using a predefined Excel spread sheet (Microsoft Inc, Redmond, Washington).
The intervention will consist of adding fat, protein, and/or carbohydrate to achieve target levels of macronutrients.
The defined macronutrient concentration in breast milk is 4.4 g/100 mL of fat, 3 g/100 mL of protein, and 8.8 g/ 100 mL of carbohydrate to meet the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) guidelines (6.6 g/kg/d of fat, 4.5 g/kg/d of protein, and 13.2 g/kg/d of carbohydrate) assuming an intake of 150 mL/kg/d.
No Intervention: standard enteral nutrition
Standard fortification will be added according to the unit protocol.
- Growth [ Time Frame: from birth at postmentrual age <32 to up to 37 weeks of post-conceptional age ]weight will be assessed every day.
- Velocity of weight gain in grams [ Time Frame: from birth at postmentrual age <32 to up to 37 weeks of post-conceptional age ]weight will be assessed every day.
- Neurodevelopmental outcome [ Time Frame: at 12 and 36 weeks of corrected age. ]the number of infants with mental development index (MDI) Bayley Scale of Development III
- Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) [ Time Frame: from birth at postmentrual age <32 to up to 37 weeks of post-gestational age ]The number of patients NEC >1 stage as defined by Bell's criteria
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) [ Time Frame: from 28 days at postmentrual age <32 to up to 37 weeks of post gestational age ]The number of patients with (BPD) defined as oxygen requirement of > 21% at 28 days of life
- Late onset sepsis (LOS) [ Time Frame: from 72 hours of life at postmentrual age <32 up to 37 weeks of post gestational age ]The number of patients with LOS defined as a positive blood culture or a positive cerebral spinal fluid culture
- Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) [ Time Frame: from 3 weeks of life at postmentrual age <32 to 37 weeks of post gestational age ]The number of patients with ROP > grade I as defined as the World Health Organisation criteria
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03775785
|Department of Neonatology and Neonatal Intensive Care Warsaw Medical University||Recruiting|
|Warsaw, Poland, 00-315|
|Contact: Joanna Seliga-Siwecka, MD PhD +48225966155 email@example.com|
|Contact: Joanna Seliga-Siwecka|
|Division of Neonatology and Neonatal Intensive Care, 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The Medical University of Warsaw||Not yet recruiting|
|Warszawa, Poland, 02-015|
|Contact: Justyna Romańska, MD +48225830340 firstname.lastname@example.org|