Until today, preterm infant growth has typically been monitored against general infant growth standards. However, research has shown that these standards are inadequate as preterm infants display a markedly different growth trajectory compared to term infants. This is why the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation is funding an implementation project together with the University of Oxford, UK.
The research consortium INTERGROWTH-21st, under the leadership of renowned professors Stephen Kennedy and José Villar, has created new feeding protocols and growth standards specific for preterm infants. Their global adoption is a vital tool for promoting breastfeeding for preterm infants, helping to avoid overfeeding, reducing the risk of childhood overweight and obesity, and improving the early detection of infants with sub-optimal growth.