Table 2.

Nutritional Milestones

Prime-Continuous
(n = 39)
Prime-Bolus
(n = 43)
NPO-Continuous
(n = 44)
NPO-Bolus
(n = 45)
Duration of parenteral nutrition (days)34  ± 3236  ± 3232  ± 2132  ± 19
Milk start (days)6  ± 26  ± 316  ± 316  ± 4
Regain birth weight (days)12  ± 513  ± 512  ± 513  ± 7
Complete tube-feeding (days)*33  ± 1929  ± 1929  ± 929  ± 9
 Gestation 26–27 weeks (days)**40  ± 1626  ± 734  ± 1129  ± 7
 Gestation 28–30 weeks (days)30  ± 1931  ± 2327  ± 530  ± 11
First successful oral feeding (days)51  ± 1950  ± 2649  ± 1452  ± 18
Full oral feeding (days)64  ± 2061  ± 2164  ± 1865  ± 20
Duration of hospitalization (days)81  ± 4187  ± 4580  ± 4081  ± 24
  • Mean ± SD.

  • Different by study design.

  • * Interaction between gestational age and feeding method,P = .001.

  • ** Continuous versus bolus, P = .001.