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Neonatal Oral Feeding Committee

Calgary Zone

General Contact and Service Information

Neonatal Oral Feeding Practice Guideline

The Neonatal Oral Feeding Guideline is a guideline for health professionals for the introduction and management of oral feeding for high-risk neonates and infants.

This work is based on a combination of literature review (research and practice) and clinical expertise.

Publications

The Neonatal Oral Feeding Practice Guideline has been referenced in the literature:

  • Lasby, K. & Dressler-Mund, D. (2011). Making the literature palatable at the bedside. Reference poster promotes oral feeding best practice. Advances in Neonatal Care, 11 (1): 17-24.
  • Premji S.S., McNeil D.A., & Scotland, J. (2004). Regional neonatal oral feeding protocol: Changing the ethos of feeding preterm infants. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 18(4): 371-384.

Disclaimer

Information contained in this guideline is believed to be reliable, however, Alberta Health Services does not assume any obligation to update the guideline or advise on further developments concerning topics mentioned in the guideline. Alberta Health Services disclaims all warranties, representations and conditions regarding use of the Neonatal Oral Feeding Practice Guidelines, including all implied warranties or conditions of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, whether express or implied.  

Resources

Oral Feeding Reference - Poster
AHS grants permission to other organizations to use this oral feeding reference poster for clinical implementation or educational purposes.

Infant Feeding Assessment Tools
AHS grants permission to other organizations to use these samples of feeding documentation for clinical implementation or educational purposes.

Parent Education DVD
The Oral Feeding: Ready or Not?

This video covers the learning progression from breast to bottle feeding including:

  • Stages of learning to feed
  • Ready to feed behaviours
  • Not Ready - stress behaviours
  • Feeding tips (positioning, flow rate, pacing)
  • Tube feedings are meals too!
  • Burping
  • Going Home

Total time: 29 minutes

Order Form: Oral Feeding: Ready or Not? (or Both!)

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