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Nurs Res. 1996 May-Jun;45(3):132-5.

Effects of nonnutritive sucking on behavioral organization and feeding performance in preterm infants.

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Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of nonnutritive sucking (NNS) on behavioral organization and feeding performance in preterm infants. Thirteen preterm infants were observed at four bottle-feedings, two of which involved treatment with prefeeding NNS. NNS had a positive effect on oxygen saturation and behavior state, as well as on the initiation and duration of the first nutritive suck burst.

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