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J Perinat Educ. 2013 Fall;22(4):194-200. doi: 10.1891/1058-1243.22.4.194.

Effect of intermittent kangaroo mother care on weight gain of low birth weight neonates with delayed weight gain.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate intermittent Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) with additional opportunities to breastfeed on weight gain of low birth weight (LBW) neonates with delayed weight gain.

METHODS:

40 LBW neonates were followed to see whether KMC with additional opportunities to breastfeed improved weight gain.

RESULTS:

In the KMC group, the mean age of regaining birth weight was significantly less (15.68 vs. 24.56 days) and the average daily weight gain was significantly higher (22.09 vs. 10.39 g, p < .001) than controls.

CONCLUSION:

KMC with additional opportunities to breastfeed was found to be an effective intervention for LBWs with delayed weight gain and should be considered to be an effective strategy.

KEYWORDS:

Kangaroo mother care; delayed neonatal weight gain; neonatal weight gain

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