Cup feeding versus other forms of supplemental enteral feeding for newborn infants unable to fully breastfeed

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The majority of infants in the included studies are preterm infants, no recommendations can be made for cup feeding term infants. For late preterm infants, cup feeding may have some benefits and on breastfeeding rates up to six months of age. Compliance to the intervention remains a challenge.

Traditionally, bottles and nasogastric tubes have been used in neonatal and maternity units for supplemental feeding. Cup feeding is becoming increasingly popular for supplemental feeds to improve breastfeeding rates. This review aims to determine the effects of cup feeding versus other forms of supplemental enteral feeding on weight gain and achievement of successful breastfeeding in term and preterm infants who are unable to fully breastfeed.

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