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Oral Feeding in Preterm Infants: A Conceptual Model for Health Care Practitioners

Oral feeding competence is a critical milestone needed for proper growth and development in preterm infants. Commonly, the oral feeding process is conceptualized as an infant’s ability to coordinate suck–swallow–breathe. However, oral feeding is a highly complex multisystem process. In … Continue reading

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An economic analysis of human milk supplementation for very low birth weight babies in the USA

An exclusive human milk diet (EHMD) using human milk based products (pre-term formula and fortifiers) has been shown to lead to significant clinical benefits for very low birth weight (VLBW) babies (below 1250 g). This is expensive relative to diets that … Continue reading

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Enteral tube feeding in infants

Oral feeding (breast or bottle) is the preferred route for feeding babies, however there are a myriad of conditions that may necessitate enteral (tube) feeding. The more common conditions include prematurity, severe gastro-oesophageal reflux, failure to thrive, neurologic and neuromuscular … Continue reading

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The red hat pathway: reducing avoidable NNU admissions for hypoglycaemia

Although untreated neonatal hypoglycaemia may be a cause of long-term harm, anticipatory management of at-risk babies (eg with thermoregulation and feeding support) can prevent many unnecessary admissions. Staff at the NNU at Evelina London Children’s Hospital implemented the ‘red hat … Continue reading

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Quality improvement in the NICU: increasing the use of own mother’s milk

Human milk (HM), particularly own mother’s milk (OMM), is one of the highest impact, low cost interventions in the medical field with research constantly finding new and more impressive data to support this. OMM should be considered a medical intervention … Continue reading

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A Typology of Breastfeeding Mothers of Preterm Infants:A Qualitative Analysis

Breastfeeding is an important element of motherhood with a preterm infant, but the role of maternal emotions in relation to breastfeeding is vague. The purpose of this  qualitative study was  to describe maternal emotions regarding and insights into breastfeeding during the first … Continue reading

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Know the Flow: Milk Flow Rates From Bottle Nipples Used in the Hospital and After Discharge

Milk flow rate may play an important role in an infant’s ability to safely and efficiently coordinate sucking, swallowing, and breathing during feeding. The purpose of this study was to test milk flow rates from bottle nipples used in the … Continue reading

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