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Isr Med Assoc J. 2000 Oct;2(10):787-9.

Feeding tolerance of ready-to-use versus powdered formulas in neonates.

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Department of Neonatology, Laniado Hospital, Sanz Medical Center, Netanya, Israel. wmeir@hotmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Following the introduction of ready-to-use formula in our neonatal department, we observed an increase in the number of neonates regurgitating after feeding.

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the feeding tolerance of neonates, in terms of regurgitations, to ready-to-use versus powdered formulas.

METHODS:

We compared the number of regurgitations in 727 healthy neonates after feeding ready-to-use formulas and powdered formulas of two different manufacturers. Six groups of neonates were formed, three for each manufacturer. Each of the two groups was fed with either ready-to-use formula or with reconstructed powdered formula (using a two-compartment patented feeding bottle called Twist 'N Feed) and one group received both preparations during 2 successive days.

RESULTS:

The groups that were fed only with ready-to-use formulas had significantly more regurgitations than those fed with powdered formulas. Within the group that received both types of formulas there were significantly more regurgitations following the ready-to-use than the powdered formula.

CONCLUSIONS:

Feeding tolerance, in terms of regurgitations, was significantly better in neonates fed reconstituted powdered formula as opposed to ready-to-use formulas. More studies are required to determine the exact mechanism for these differences.

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