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The relationship of brain development and breastfeeding in the late-preterm infant.
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PMID:  22341194     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Late-preterm infants (34 0/7-36 6/7 weeks gestation) are physiologically and developmentally immature at birth. The relationship between brain development and feeding is important since adequate oral intake is imperative to prevent feeding-related morbidity and mortality associated with being late preterm. One third of brain growth occurs in the last 6-8 weeks of gestation. The ontogeny of coordinated oral feeding appears to follow a chronological, predictable pattern in preterm neonates. This suggests that neurodevelopmental maturation, rather than experience or learned behavior, is largely responsible for feeding behaviors. The aim of this article is to provide a review of the literature that establishes the relationship between brain development and feeding in the late-preterm infant.
Sunny G Hallowell; Diane L Spatz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-03-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric nursing     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1532-8449     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pediatr Nurs     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8607529     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Nurs     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  154-62     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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