Effect of intermittent kangaroo mother care on weight gain of low birth weight neonates with delayed weight gain

J Perinat Educ. Fall 2013;22(4):194-200. doi: 10.1891/1058-1243.22.4.194.

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate intermittent Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) with additional opportunities to breastfeed on weight gain of low birth weight (LBW) neonates with delayed weight gain.

Methods: 40 LBW neonates were followed to see whether KMC with additional opportunities to breastfeed improved weight gain.

Results: In the KMC group, the mean age of regaining birth weight was significantly less (15.68 vs. 24.56 days) and the average daily weight gain was significantly higher (22.09 vs. 10.39 g, p < .001) than controls.

Conclusion: KMC with additional opportunities to breastfeed was found to be an effective intervention for LBWs with delayed weight gain and should be considered to be an effective strategy.

Keywords: Kangaroo mother care; delayed neonatal weight gain; neonatal weight gain.