Early milk feeds 'benefits premature babies'
By Caroline Parkinson
Health editor, BBC News website
20 April 2012
At-risk premature babies would benefit from being given milk feeds earlier, a study has suggested.
The University of Oxford study found babies were not at a higher risk of severe bowel problems if moved off tube-feeds early, as was feared.
Four hundred babies, born at least five weeks early and small for their age, were studied for the Pediatrics paper.
The premature baby charity Bliss said it hoped the findings would lead to a change in feeding practices.
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