Cup-feeding for low-birth-weight infants unable to fully breastfeed

Last Modified Wednesday, 12 September 2018 (14:27 IST)
Kolkata: Every year, more than 20 million are born weighing less than 2.5kg – over 96 per cent of them in developing countries.
 
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These low-birth-weight (LBW) infants are at increased risk of early growth retardation, infectious disease, developmental delay and death during infancy and childhood.
 
Most LBW is a consequence of preterm birth, small size for gestational age, or both.
 
who are unable to can be fed by alternative oral feeding methods such as or cup-feeding. Studies comparing these methods have shown that cup-feeding improves exclusive breastfeeding rates at discharge but these benefits are not sustained.
 
Cup-feeding is also associated with prolonged hospital stays. However, as cups are easier to clean than bottles, cup-feeding could potentially reduce the risk of severe infections such as diarrhea. (UNI)
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