A summary of evidence on nutrition

An expert group has published a summary of the existing evidence on multiple aspects of neonatal nutrition and identified research priorities in this field. A couple of excerpts from this summary: “Current nutrient recommendations for preterm infants are based on guidelines that are .30 y old and centered around either term infant needs or data from a preterm population who were considerably older than what is currently seen in today’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).” and

“The evidence is insufficient with regard to the risks:benefits of either the dietary alternatives to mother’s own milk (donor milk, formula, cow-milk–derived human-milk fortifiers, human-milk–derived human-milk fortifiers) or delivery strategies (timing, dose).”

Working group reports: evaluation of the evidence to support practice guidelines for nutritional care of preterm infants.