Body composition in preterm infants fed standard term or enriched formula after hospital discharge
De Curtis, M.; Pieltain, C.; Rigo, J.
European Journal of Nutrition 41(4): 177-182
ISSN/ISBN: 1436-6207 PMID: 12242586 DOI: 10.1007/s00394-002-0374-2
Background: Most preterm infants are still preterm and have a low birth weight when they are discharged from the hospital. An important issue is whether the long-term consequences of early growth restriction can be diminished by nutritional intervention in preterm infants after discharge from the hospital. Aim: To evaluate differences in growth and in weight gain composition of preterm infants fed standard term formula (SF) or enriched formula (PDF) after discharge from hospital during the first 2 months of life Methods: Thirty-three healthy preterm infants, birth weight <1750 g at gestational age <35 weeks, were randomized to SF or PDF at the time of discharge from hospital.