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Understanding the nutritional needs of the preterm infant

In this module you will gain an introduction to the very specific nutritional needs of the preterm infant, some of the main challenges involved in feeding preterm infants, the ESPGHAN guidelines and how to support the parents of a preterm infant.

This module is of particular relevance to healthcare professionals wanting to deepen their understanding of preterm nutrition.

This module provides a review of:

  • The first 1000 days in preterm infants
  • Nutritional needs of preterm infants and review of guidelines
  • Breastfeeding of preterm infants
  • Practical advice and parental support

After completing this module you will feel more confident in managing preterm infant feeding and growth. You will gain a better understanding of the ESPGHAN nutritional recommendations for preterm infants, the importance of using growth charts and how to provide parental support whilst in hospital and post-discharge.

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