Nutritional Needs of Preterm Infants: Feeding Choices and Dietary Transitions– Preterm infants are at risk for poor growth and neurodevelopment. Optimal nutrition is vital to contributing to catch-up growth, however, many low birth weight babies are discharged from the hospital with suboptimal feeding regimens or clinicians and parents are unaware of how to optimize nutrition for preterm infants. This activity will explore formula and breastmilk choices for preterm infants and contrast them with practices for standard term infants. Additionally, special cases will be highlighted that illustrate best practices when transitioning preterm infants to standard term formula and continuing breastfeeding upon return to work.
Illustrate differences between preterm and term formulas.
Formulate strategies to transition preterm infants to post-discharge feeding practices.
Utilize scientific evidence, recommendations by experts and emerging data in infant nutrition to create nutrition care plans that support optimal preterm infant growth.
Give examples of healthful diets that link how diet impacts disease.
Describe evidence-based diets for late preterm infants, and for infants with milk allergies or with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
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