Very Preterm Infant Nutrition: Parenteral vs Enteral
Miami Neonatology 2023—47th Annual International Conference

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This education is about:

  • New guidelines on best practices for parenteral nutrition for preterm infants
  • The relationship between adequate vs inadequate amino acids and mineral and electrolyte balance
  • How immune health and development is supported by human milk
  • Clinical challenges around diagnosing feeding intolerance
  • Evidence-based methods for establishing milk supply

Why it matters:

Preterm infants lack important nutrients they would have received in utero, in particular, those that are primarily accreted during the third trimester. Neonatal nutrition expert Dr. Sarah Taylor shares a summary of updated guidelines on parenteral nutrition in the NICU, including special considerations when dosing amino acids. She also reviews evidence-based methods for supporting human milk expression and establishing milk supply. Dr. Taylor addresses the ideal time to start enteral feedings, the importance of having feeding protocols, and the challenges around diagnosing feeding intolerance.

Target Audience:

Developed to support physicians, nurses, registered dietitians, and other healthcare professionals who have an interest in newborns, infants, and toddlers.

Course Credit:

0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
0.5 ANCC Contact hour(s)
0.5 CA-BRN Contact hour(s)
0.5 CDR Contact hour(s)
0.5 Pharmacology hour(s).


Opens: 2024-02-29
Closes: 2026-02-28

This is video from a live conference presentation on November 14, 2023. It has been reviewed for CE credit through February 2026.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • Sarah N. Taylor, MD, MSCR

    Professor of Pediatrics
    Chief of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
    Director of Neonatal Clinical Research
    Yale University School of Medicine
    New Haven, Connecticut

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize essential nutrients that may require supplementation for very preterm infants
  • Apply new guidelines and evidence-based recommendations around the initiation and advancement of parenteral and enteral nutrition
  • Utilize published data on the clinical outcomes associated with human milk, donor milk, and premature formulas in clinical decision-making for enteral feedings