Effects of nonnutritive sucking on behavioral organization and feeding performance in preterm infants

Nurs Res. May-Jun 1996;45(3):132-5. doi: 10.1097/00006199-199605000-00002.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of nonnutritive sucking (NNS) on behavioral organization and feeding performance in preterm infants. Thirteen preterm infants were observed at four bottle-feedings, two of which involved treatment with prefeeding NNS. NNS had a positive effect on oxygen saturation and behavior state, as well as on the initiation and duration of the first nutritive suck burst.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bottle Feeding
  • Clinical Nursing Research
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Behavior*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature* / physiology
  • Infant, Premature* / psychology
  • Oxygen / blood
  • Sucking Behavior*

Substances

  • Oxygen