Article Titled 'Cue-Based Feeding in Preterm Infants'
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Cue-Based Feeding In Preterm Infants
Healthy term infants are able to dictate their frequency of feeding and the amount of milk intake. This is primarily dictated by the infant's appetite. Preterm infants, on the other hand, may not typically be able to dictate the frequency and amount of milk intake. In most instances, preterm infants are fed at scheduled intervals and making use of prescribed milk volumes. The main reason behind scheduled feeding, without regard for the child's sleep or hunger status, is the concern about the infant's metabolic, neurodevelopmental, as well as gastrointestinal, maturity. However, it is evident that preterm infants are also capable of self-regulating their milk intake. While hunger cues may be difficult to detect in preterm infants, there is sufficient evident for mothers and caregivers to identify and respond to such cues. This paper will examine and analyze the experience of policy development on cue-based feeding in preterm infants. Cue-based feeding is a formidable feeding strategy in preterm infants (Chang & Chen, 2004).
Cue based feeding refers to nipple feedings that are initiated in reaction to an infant's behavioral cues and comes to an end when the infant demonstrates satiation (Drenckpohl, Dudas, et al, 2009). The aim of the Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is to provide mothers with sufficient factual information regarding superior infant nutrition, therapeutic and immunological