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Table 2 Feeding practices associated with weight gain among preterm neonates

From: Poor weight gain and its predictors among preterm neonates admitted at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania: a prospective cohort study

Variable Weight gain categories
Poor weight gain <15 g/1000 g/day Adequate weight gain ≥ 15 g/1000 g/day P- value
Initial method of feeding n (%) n (%)  
 Cup 134(90.5) 14(9.5)  
 Tube 55(82.1) 12(17.9)  
 Breastfeeding 8(66.7) 4(33.0) 0.028
Frequency of feeding
 Every 2 h 16(80.0) 4(20.0)  
 Every 3 h 181(87.4) 26(12.6) 0.31
Time to initiation first feed
 1st day 29(61.7) 18(38.3)  
 2nd day and beyond 168(93.3) 12(6.7) < 0.001
Time to full feeds (days)
 0–7 71(88.8) 9(11.3)  
 8–14 79(84.9) 14(15.1)  
 15–21 34(87.2) 5(12.8)  
 22+ 13(86.7) 2(13.3) 0.88
Type of milk fed on admission
 Breast milk 185(86.4) 29(13.6)  
 Formula milk 4(100.0) 0(0.0)  
 Mixed 8(88.9) 1(11.1) 0.86