Presentation Information

Nancy Wight

NICU Nutrition: Best Practice for Best Outcomes

  • Speaker: Nancy Wight , MD, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME
Abstract:

In the neonatal period, low birth weight, preterm, and ill infants, regardless of gestational age, have greater nutritional needs than at any other time in their lives. Without the last trimester, the preterm infant faces the most demanding growth period with a nutritional deficit. For any NICU infant, the stress of medical conditions may contribute to increased nutrient needs. Human milk is a complex fluid that simultaneously provides nutrients and bioactive components that facilitate the adaptive, functional changes required for the optimal transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life. We will discuss the goals and methods of providing appropriate nutrition for NICU infants to promote optimal short- and long-term outcomes.