TABLE 2.

Oral Feeding Milestones

ExperimentalControlP Value
Full tubefeeding
 Postnatal age (d)19.5 ± 4.720.4 ± 7.6.72
 PMA (wk)30.6 ± 1.230.5 ± 1.7.77
Transition from tube to all oral feeding (d)26.8 ± 12.338.4 ± 14.0<.05
Introduction to oral feeding
 Postnatal age (d)22.9 ± 5.042.8 ± 11.2<.001
 PMA (wk)31.1 ± 1.333.7 ± 0.9<.001
First successful oral feeding
 Postnatal age (d)32.1 ± 9.946.9 ± 10.9<.001
 PMA (wk)32.4 ± 1.034.3 ± 0.9<.001
4 Successful oral feedings
 Postnatal age (d)43.6 ± 13.754.4 ± 12.6<.05
 PMA (wk)34.1 ± 1.735.3 ± 1.4<.05
All oral feeding
 Postnatal age (d)46.4 ± 13.958.7 ± 14.5<.05
 PMA (wk)34.5 ± 1.636.0 ± 1.5<.05
Introduction of oral feeding to first successful oral feeding (d)9.3 ± 7.73.7 ± 3.5<.05
First successful oral feeding to all oral feeding (d)13.8 ± 8.811.9 ± 6.4.51
Hospital discharge
 Postnatal age (d)57.0 ± 17.767.0 ± 16.6.13
 PMA (wk)36.0 ± 2.137.1 ± 1.8.13
  • Mean ± standard deviation.