EFFECT OF INTERMITTENT KANGAROO MOTHER CARE ON WEIGHT GAIN OF LOW BIRTH WEIGHT NEONATES WITH DELAYED WEIGHT GAIN
Dr. Jai Prakash*
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, neonatal weight gain, delayed neonatal weight gain.
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