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Gastrointestinal maturation and implications for infant feeding

Article by: Josef Neu

Abstract

The level of gastrointestinal (GI) maturity of an individual infant is a major determinant of whether the infant will be able to meet nutritional needs by sole use of the GI tract or if parenteral means will be necessary. The GI tract is not only an organ for digestion and absorption of nutrients; it also performs major endocrine, neural and immunologic functions. In this review, anatomic, functional and biochemical development will be described and related to means by which enteral nutrition can be used in the prematurely born infant to optimize health and prevent disease.

Link to full publication: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17913404/