01/07/2021 - A new systematic review from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics examines the effect of enteral protein intake on growth and health outcomes in very-low-birthweight preterm infants.
Adequate protein intake is essential to optimize growth and development in very-low-birthweight preterm infants. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has just published a systematic review of randomized controlled trials evaluating enteral protein intake in very-low-birthweight preterm infants in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This systematic review found that protein intake between 3.5 and 4.0 g/kg/day promotes weight gain and improves development and supports recent recommendations in the Academy's recent evidence-based practice guideline for very low birthweight preterm infants. Read the full systematic review.