Alertness and feeding competence in extremely early born preterm infants

Jacqueline M. McGrath, Barbara Medoff-Cooper

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Survival rates have improved dramatically among premature infants admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit. Yet, nutrition and feeding remains a challenge. As the infant grows and enteral feeding are contemplated, one still has to question what facts impact feeding readiness or competence. A study was undertaken to examine the relationship between the maturation of alertness and the acquisition of nutritive sucking competence during the transition to all oral nipple feedings in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-186
Number of pages13
JournalNewborn and Infant Nursing Reviews
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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