Growth & Malnutrition - Infant

Enriched nutrition for preterm babies is aimed at achieving expected intrauterine growth and accretion of nutrients. Early aggressive nutrition in low birth-weight premature infants will prevent malnutrition and catabolic state.1 Products for premature and low-birth-weight infants can deliver different caloric and nutrient concentrations. There are flexible, science-based solutions available to meet the needs of infants with growth challenges.

 

Related Education for Professionals

 
How to Feed Premature Infants After They Go Home

This course discusses how to evaluate and promote growth in premature infants after hospital discharge; evaluates current research and recommendations regarding use of nutrient-enriched feedings for premature infants post-discharge; and reviews special issues related to current pandemic and economic challenges in the United States. Originally presented as a live webinar on July 16, 2020.

Premature Infant Nutrition Infographic

This infographic explains the preterm infant's increased needs for nutrients to catch up and the benefits of enriched nutrition. 

 
Preterm Infant Clinical Growth Assessment: Growth Velocity

Dr Groh-Wargo discusses the critical steps in preterm infant clinical growth assessment to calculate growth velocity, assess catch-up growth, evaluate growth charts, and monitor for extrauterine growth restriction. She also reviews the new international growth standards for intrauterine growth of preterm infants developed by the INTERGROWTH-21st Project, and Z-scores for monitoring growth trajectories.

Related Clinical Research

 
Growth of Preterm Infants Fed Nutrient-Enriched or Term Formula After Hospital Discharge

A double-blind study evaluating the growth of preterm infants fed nutrient-enriched or term formula after hospital discharge.

Carver, J. D., Wu, P. Y., Hall, R. T., Ziegler, E. E., Sosa, R., Jacobs, J., Baggs, G., Auestad, N., & Lloyd, B. (2001). Growth of preterm infants fed nutrient-enriched or term formula after hospital discharge. Pediatrics, 107(4), 683–689. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.107.4.683

Identifying Malnutrition in Preterm and Neonatal Populations: Recommended Indicators

A recommended list of indicators for identification and documentation of malnutrition in preterm infants and neonates.

Goldberg, D. L., Becker, P. J., Brigham, K., Carlson, S., Fleck, L., Gollins, L., Sandrock, M., Fullmer, M., & Van Poots, H. A. (2018). Identifying Malnutrition in Preterm and Neonatal Populations: Recommended Indicators. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 118(9), 1571–1582. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2017.10.006

 
 

Related Nutrition Resources

 

Similac® NeoSure® Information and Clinical Evidence

Learn more about nutrient-enriched* NeoSure, the most extensively studied† preterm post-discharge formula for catch-up growth through a premature infant's first year.

Feeding Options to Support Baby’s Growth and Development

A spectrum of formulas to support infants' various nutrition needs.

Similac® 360 Total Care® Formulas Nutrition Resource

Learn more about our closest to breast milk breakthrough formulas that provide 360 support for the whole baby.

Product Solutions

Similac® 360 Total Care®

Similac 360 Total Care* Infant Formula is made with an exclusive blend of 5 HMO prebiotics structurally identical to those in breast milk. Our formula also has nutrition designed for immune support, brain development, and digestive health. Similac is the #1 infant formula brand chosen by parents. Our formula contains no artificial growth hormones and is non-GMO.§

 

* Not for infants or children with galactosemia.
Total US infant formula, all outlets as of 9/1/2021, Nielsen data.
No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbST-treated and non-rbST-treated cows.
§ Ingredients not genetically engineered.

Similac® 360 Total Care® Sensitive

Similac 360 Total Care Sensitive* Infant Formula is gentle nutrition designed to ease common tummy troubles like fussiness and gas due to lactose sensitivity. Our formula has an exclusive blend of 5 HMO prebiotics structurally identical to those in breast milk, and nutrition designed for immune support, brain development, and digestive health. Similac is the #1 infant formula brand chosen by parents. Our formula has no artificial growth hormones and is non-GMO.§

 

* Not for infants or children with galactosemia.
Total US infant formula, all outlets as of 9/1/2021, Nielsen data.
No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbST-treated and non-rbST-treated cows.
§ Ingredients not genetically engineered.

Similac Pro-Total Comfort®

Our gentle formula with 2'-FL HMO for immune support, Similac Pro-Total Comfort is a nutritionally complete infant formula that has partially hydrolyzed whey protein as an alternative to standard intact-protein milk-based formulas. After switching to Pro-Total Comfort, parents reported a significant reduction in fussiness, gas, and crying after just 1 day of feeding.

Similac® NeoSure®

A 22 Cal/fl oz, nutrient-enriched* formula for babies who were born prematurely. Designed to be used as a preterm post-discharge formula.

* Increased protein, vitamins, and minerals compared to term infant formula.

 
 

Connect With Your Patients

 
Similac NeoSure Patient Brochure

Information about NeoSure, a nutrient-enriched* formula for a premature infant's first year. Includes Women Infants and Children (WIC) program eligibility and information.

 
World Health Organization (WHO) Growth Charts Birth - 24 months for Girls and Boys

Head circumference-for-age and weight-for-length percentile charts for girls and boys.

For Parents: Similac® 360 Total Care® with 5 HMO Prebiotics

A description of Similac 360 Total Care and how it delivers whole-baby support for infants, and has an exclusive blend of 5 HMOs structurally identical to those in human milk.

Reference: 1. Riskin A, et al. Harefuah. 2004;143(1):60-66,84,83.

* Increased protein, vitamins, and minerals compared to term infant formula.
† Similac NeoSure has more published research than any other nutrient-enriched* preterm post-discharge formula.