Feeding Best Practices for NICU Patients

Feeding infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a complex and important part of a baby’s care, growth, and overall health. There are many factors to consider when feeding infants, particularly those born prematurely. These infants are at a high risk for morbidity and mortality related to feeding problems, but they can also benefit greatly from a successful feeding regimen. Issues to consider include: what to feed, when to feed, and how to advance feeds.

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