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A cue-based feeding guideline standardizes the assessment of cues for an infant directed oral feeding. Objective: To determine if implementation of cue-based feeding assessment will allow earlier achievement of full oral feedings. Methods: Infants < 35 weeks gestation admitted to our NICU from 1/1/2014- 12/31/2014 were included in the …How to get to full feeds faster in the NICU?
Methods: Infants < 35 weeks gestation admitted to our NICU from 1/1/2014- 12/31/2014 were included in the study if they survived to discharge, did not have surgical NEC, did not have gastric tube placement or were not transferred to another facility prior to reaching full oral feeds.Why is oral feeding a challenge in neonatal intensive care unit?
Oral feeding is a complex sensorimotor process that is influenced by many variables, making the introduction and management of oral feeding a challenge for many health care providers. feeding practice guided by tradition or a trial-and-error approach may be inconsistent and has the potential to delay the progression of oral feeding skills.Why are mothers not able to breastfeed in the NICU?
Transported infants’ mothers may not be available for frequent feeding practice. The increasing use of individual room NICU care, enabling parents to remain with their ill infants, may facilitate earlier and increased direct breastfeeding.