Continuous Feeds versus Bolus Feeds

Briefly noted:

Another study (JB van Goudoever et al. JPGN 2015; 61: 659-64) indicates that bolus feeds are likely as safe as continuous feeds in preterm infants; though, the “continuous” feeding was atypical.  In this study, the bolus group received their feedings every 3 hours via gravity whereas the “continuous” feeding cohort received feedings by gravity by giving one-fourth of the hourly feeding every 15 minutes.

Key finding: In a study of 246 infants (<1750 g & <32 weeks gestational  age), there was no significant difference in reaching full enteral feedings between the group assigned to continuous feedings compared with bolus feedings

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