Short versus long feeding interval for bolus feedings in very preterm infants

  • To determine the most effective and safest feeding interval for bolus feeding for very preterm infants (less than 32 weeks' gestation at birth).
  • To assess whether short feeding intervals (such as one or two hours) compared with long feeding intervals (such as three or four hours) improve the time to full feeding and growth in very preterm infants.
    • Subgroup analysis will address birthweight, gestational age, type of feeding, different short and long feeding intervals and other differences in the feeding protocol such as volume of daily increment and prior use of MEF.

This is a protocol.