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Attainment of early feeding milestones in preterm neonates.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18580883     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
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.
Authors:
P Dodrill; T Donovan; G Cleghorn; S McMahon; P S W Davies
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-06-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1476-5543     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinatol     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-31     Completed Date:  2008-10-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501884     Medline TA:  J Perinatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  549-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Qld, Australia. p.dodrill@uq.edu.au
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Enteral Nutrition
Feeding Behavior
Gestational Age
Humans
Infant
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / growth & development*
Reference Values
Retrospective Studies
Sucking Behavior*

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