Higher-volume feedings help postnatal growth in preterm infants

Findings from a randomized clinical trial determined that preterm infants who received higher-volume feedings improved postnatal growth as compared to those who did not.

Published in the Journal of Pediatrics, higher-volume feedings increased growth velocity, weight, head circumference, length and mid-arm circumference compared with usual-volume feedings without adverse effects.

The randomized clinical trial with 1:1 parallel allocation included 224 infants with a birth weight of 1,001-2,500 grams born at less than 32 weeks’ gestation. The infants were randomized to receive either a higher than normal or a usual-volume feeding after reaching full enteral feedings.

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