Factors affecting early feeding performance in preterm infants below 32 weeks gestation

Yea Shwu Hwang, Mi Chia Ma, Mei Jin Chen-sea, Hui Mei Kao, Wen Hui Tsai

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Objective: To identify the influence of various physiological and behavioral factors on feeding performance of preterm infants in the transition to full oral feeding. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed data from a feeding assessment conducted on 24 preterm infants born at 25-31 weeks without severe brain complications. Results: Prolonged oxygen use and low current weight are two adverse factors for feeding efficiency (volume of milk ingested orally per minute in the initial 5 min of feeding) and proficiency (percentage of prescribed volume ingested orally over the entire feeding). Young post-menstrual age, low baseline oxygen saturation and high feeding efficiency were risk factors for oxygen desaturation during the initial feeding. Conclusion: Proper feeding strategies are needed for preterm infants with those disadvantageous factors to improve their early feeding performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberfmr008
Pages (from-to)77-78
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Tropical Pediatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb

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