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NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis) is a leading cause of infant death, impacting thousands of babies every year. It is a devastating intestinal disease that primarily affects babies born prematurely or with a medical complication. The NEC Society is a non-profit, 501c3 organization,…

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The NEC Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building a world without necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) through research, advocacy, and education. The NEC Society brings together patient-families, clinicians, and other diverse stakeholders to better understand, prevent, and treat this…

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We need YOU to help us build a world without necrotizing enterocolitis. Together we can drive research, raise awareness, and improve outcomes for our most vulnerable babies. Here are 5 things you can do TODAY to help us build a…

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World Breastfeeding Week 2021

Providing premature and medically fragile infants with human milk offers the most protection against necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). That’s why the NEC Society joins the global community in recognizing and celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) each year. WBW takes place on…

10 Things to Know When Your Baby is Diagnosed with NEC

Written by Jennifer Canvasser, founder and executive director of the NEC Society, with support from the NEC Society team. This resource and others have been developed to be included in the NEC Society’s Empowerment/Bereavement packets for families recently affected by…

Prioritize Donor Milk Like We Prioritize Donor Blood

Written by Jennifer Canvasser, founder, and executive director of NEC Society After developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), my son Micah developed end-stage renal disease and received 211 units of blood. Micah would need a kidney transplant to survive, so I organized…

9 Things You Need to Know About Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Written by Jennifer Canvasser, founder and director of the NEC Society When my son Micah was six weeks old, I thought he had overcome his fiercest battles that are common to babies born at 27 weeks gestation. He had doubled his birth…

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Living With NEC: A Survivor’s Experience

Lakevia is grateful to have survived this terrifying disease but continues to live with its consequences- she shares her story.

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How to Optimize the Use of Mother’s Own Milk in the NICU

Written by Dr. Meg Parker, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine In the NICU, mother’s breast milk is medicine for very premature infants. Mother’s breast milk has a multitude of nutritional and immune…

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