Attainment of early feeding milestones in preterm neonates

Dodrill, P., Donovan, T., Cleghorn, Geoffrey J., McMahon, S., & Davies, P. S. W. (2008) Attainment of early feeding milestones in preterm neonates. Journal of Perinatology, 28(8), pp. 549-555.

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Objective: This study aimed to document the ages at which preterm neonates commence suckle-feeds and attain exclusive suckle-feeding, as well as the time taken to transition from commencement of suckle-feeds to exclusive suckle-feeding. It was hypothesized that gestational age (GA) at birth and degree of neonatal morbidity would influence the timing of these early feeding milestones. Study Design: A chart review was conducted for all neonates born <37;0 weeks GA admitted to a tertiary level perinatal facility over a 12-month period (n=735). Complete data relating to attainment of feeding milestones were available on 472 neonates. Results: Correlation analysis indicated that both a low GA at birth and a high neonatal morbidity rating were statistically significantly correlated with an increased transition time from commencement of suckle-feeds to exclusive suckle-feeding. Cox regression indicated that both of these variables were statistically significant risk factors for a delayed GA at attainment of exclusive suckle-feeding. Conclusion: Preterm neonates who were less mature at birth and/or who displayed a greater degree of neonatal morbidity took longer to transition from starting suckle-feeds to achieving independent suckle-feeding, and were more mature at attainment of independent suckle-feeding.

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ID Code: 89307
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Cited By :28
Export Date: 1 September 2015
Correspondence Address: Dodrill, P.; Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Keywords: article, correlation analysis, feeding behavior, feeding disorder, gestational age, human, infant feeding, major clinical study, newborn, newborn morbidity, prematurity, risk factor, sucking, time, Enteral Nutrition, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Infant, Premature, Reference Values, Retrospective Studies, Sucking Behavior
DOI: 10.1038/jp.2008.56
ISSN: 0743-8346
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2015 01:07
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2015 04:00

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