In the past decades, survival rates and outcomes of preterm infants, in particular, those with an extremely low birth weight, have improved considerably. It is well established in the literature that nutrition plays a key role in their growth, development and long-term health outcomes. Meeting the high nutritional needs of these infants is challenging especially in early life.

Major challenges are still faced, particularly in the nutritional management of preterm infants with intra-uterine growth restriction, to support optimal growth, especially related to later non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as obesity and insulin insensitivity. Ensuring parents have the right knowledge to support their infant’s growth and development is crucial.

Source: Our Member, Hans van Goudoever