The early feeding skills assessment for preterm infants.

  title={The early feeding skills assessment for preterm infants.},
  author={Suzanne M. Thoyre and Catherine S. Shaker and Karen F Pridham},
  journal={Neonatal network : NN},
  volume={24 3},
Preterm infants develop the skills necessary to begin oral feeding as their health stabilizes and as they reach a postconceptional age that supports coordination of breathing and swallowing with oral-motor functioning. The time from initiation of oral feeding to full oral feedings (with adequate intake for growth and maintenance of physiologic stability) can vary from days to months for the preterm infant. The approach to feeding the infant during this transition period must be developmentally… CONTINUE READING
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