Human milk calculator: Saving lives - saving money
OMM economic value calculator
Save lives, save money with own mother's milk
Own mother's milk (OMM) is a low-cost, high-impact intervention clearly shown to reduce the incidence and severity of costly morbidities. For infants born very low birth weight (VLBW, i.e. < 1,500 g) there is a clear dose-response relationship. For this reason, OMM should be considered a medical intervention and given the same priority and tracking as any other medicine. Whilst this population is small, these infants are the most vulnerable and costly, but also those who benefit the most from OMM.
Use the calculator below to model your hospital’s reductions in the incidence of morbidities and the associated cost savings through an improved dose of OMM.
This model is pre-populated with figures identified in relevant literature. 1–3
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Health economic models provide best estimates based on available literature. Medela does not guarantee incidence reductions nor cost savings generated by this model.
- Bigger HR et al. Quality indicators for human milk use in very low-birthweight infants: are we measuring what we should be measuring? J.Perinatol. 2014; 34(4):287–291. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24526005].
- Johnson TJ et al. Cost savings of human milk as a strategy to reduce the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis in very low birth weight infants. Neonatology. 2015; 107(4):271-276. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25765818].
- Patel AL et al. Impact of early human milk on sepsis and health-care costs in very low birth weight infants. J Perinatol. 2013; 33(7):514-519. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23370606].