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Clinician enteral feeding preferences for very preterm babies in the UK
  1. Luke Mills1,2,
  2. Neena Modi3
  1. 1Section of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Neonatal Medicine, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK
  3. 3Department of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Luke Mills, Section of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London, London SW109NH, UK; l.mills{at}

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There is wide variation in enteral feed practices for preterm babies.1–3 Issues that lack an adequate evidence base for clinical decision-making include the use of bovine multicomponent fortifier and pasteurised donated human milk (DHM) in preference to preterm formula. We conducted a UK survey to explore variations in feeding preferences for very preterm babies, relate these to the availability of DHM and assess the likely acceptability of a planned preterm nutritional trial to address these uncertainties.

We emailed 645 neonatal consultants and dieticians in the UK between October 2013 and January 2014 from 62 neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and 85 local neonatal units, inviting them to complete a web-based survey before and …

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