Advances in perinatal care have resulted in improved survival rates in babies born prematurely and a reduction in the risk of associated long-term negative health consequences. Outcomes for preterm babies are now better than ever.
Preterm infants have complex nutritional needs – representing a continuing challenge for those involved in their care and their families. All preterm infants should receive breast milk. Ongoing scientific advances are being made to help support those preterm infants who require a feed supplement.
- ESPGHAN recommend nutrient intakes for preterm infants1
- Preterm infants require extra protein
- SGA preterm infants should receive fortified breastmilk and/or LBW formula when appropriate
- Treating preterm infants with adequate nutrition is a challenge
- Establishing feeding soon after birth helps preterm infants grow healthily
- Expressing breast milk should be supported
- Agostoni C et al. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2010; 50: 85–91.
SGA, small for gestational age
LBW, low birth weight