Redesigning Postdischarge Nutrition in the NICU

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Preterm birth affects 1 of every 10 infants in the United States. Improper nutrition in the NICU can result in impaired neurodevelopment, delayed cognitive development, retarded growth, and an increased risk for type 1 diabetes and cardiovascular disease later in life. It is essential that the intake of protein, macronutrients, and micronutrients be provided at the right nutritional levels during their first hours, days, and weeks of life while in the NICU, followed by an individual feeding strategy at discharge.

Dr. Tara Bastek and Dr. Ian Griffin provide detailed information to underscore the significance of proper nutritional intake in the NICU. They review the latest nutrient intake recommendations, and define optimal growth as an infant transitions from parenteral to enteral nutrition during the course of acute, convalescent, and discharge phases, with specific feeding strategies during each. Individualized formula fortification strategies are also discussed to help parents and providers follow prescribed feeding plans to optimize long-term outcomes.

Course Credit:

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
1.00 ANCC Contact Hour
1.00 CA-BRN Contact Hour
1.00 CDR Contact Hour


Opens: 2020-11-19
Closes: 2022-11-19

Target Audience:

This activity was developed for pediatric physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and other healthcare providers who have an interest in newborns, infants and toddlers.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • Tara K. Bastek, MD, MPH

    Chair, Ethics Committee
    WakeMed Health and Hospitals
    Raleigh, North Carolina

  • Ian J. Griffin, MD

    Director, Clinical and Translational Research
    Mid-Atlantic Neonatal Associates
    Biomedical Research Institute of New Jersey
    Morristown, New Jersey

Learning Objectives

  • Link nutrient intake recommendations for growing preterm infants with expected growth
  • Describe the latest evidence supporting preterm infant convalescent and discharge nutrition
  • Review novel approaches to convalescent and discharge feeds when a preterm infant is designated as at risk for growth failure or micronutrient deficiencies
  • Customize nutritional interventions to help close the growth failure gap in the NICU and at discharge

Faculty Disclosures

Tara K. Bastek, MD, MPH

Speakers Bureau: Mead Johnson Nutrition, CAE Healthcare

Consultant: Mead Johnson Nutrition

Spouse’s Employment: Pfizer



    Ian J. Griffin, MD

    No relationships to disclose.

    Accreditation and Certification

    The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
    A maximum of 1.00 contact hour may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
    Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13664, for 1.00 contact hour.
    To receive credit for education contact hours outside of the state of California, please check with your state board of registered nursing for reciprocity.
    Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.00 hour continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material.
    Provider Number AC857; Activity Number 159590.
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    Additional Content Planners

    Erin Allen, MS, RD, LDN (Dietitian Reviewer)
    No significant relationships to disclose.

    Victoria Anderson (Medical Writer)
    • Individual Stockholder
      • Abbott 
      • AbbVie

    Coy Flowers, MD (Peer Reviewer)
    No significant relationships to disclose.

    Heather M. Jimenez, FNP-C (Nurse Planner)
    No significant relationships to disclose.

    Annenberg Center for Health Sciences

    All staff at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower have no relevant commercial relationships to disclose.