Neonatal Feeding Protocols: Recipe Medicine or Care Improvement?

Recorded Webinar

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This session, the third in a series of webinars related to neonatal nutritional needs and feeding practices will focus on feeding risks and feeding advancement.  Controversies surrounding slow vs more rapid feeding advancement and use of feeding protocols will be discussed.  The available evidence showing improved outcomes with consistency of feeding progression and consistency in definition of feeding intolerance will be included.  Take away points will be available for advocacy for the implementation of feeding protocols in the NICU and definitions of feeding intolerance for the bedside caregiver.   The final webinar in this series will address necrotizing enterocolitis. 

1 Hour 0 Minutes
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Credit Hours

  • Nursing - 1.0 Contact Hours



  • Elements of a feeding protocol
    - What to feed
    - When to start feeds
    - Advancing feeds
    - Adding fortifiers
  • Feeding intolerance
  • Strategies to decrease Necrotizing Entercolitis
  • Sample feeding protocols

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss indications for feeding the very low birth weight infant
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of minimal enteral feedings, rate of advancement and interpretation of “feeding intolerance”
  • Consider the available evidence to support use of feeding protocols in the neonatal population


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