Based on the evidence for its short and long term benefits, full breastfeeding is the optimal aim for the preterm infant-mother dyad. The preterm infant's transition to full oral feeding is frequently complicated by neurological and developmental immaturity as well as accompanying co-morbidities. Currently there is limited evidence available to guide feeding strategies for these infants, and few validated diagnostic tools available to assist health professionals in assessing feeding progress for these infants. The current knowledge of breastfeeding the preterm infant is summarised in this chapter. We look forward to more research elucidating the most effective means of achieving and sustaining full breastfeeding in this population.
|Title of host publication
|Nutrition for the Preterm Neonate
|Subtitle of host publication
|A Clinical Perspective
|Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands
|Number of pages
|Published - 1 Nov 2013