Table 1

Reason reported for the delay in starting enteral feeds from birth in 80 30–33 weeks preterm infants in the multicentre prospective observational study.

Reason*Number of infants (%)
Waiting for breast milk43 (54%)
Respiratory distress needing non-invasive ventilation10 (13%)
Absent umbilical artery end diastolic flow on antenatal scans5 (6%)
Not tolerating feeds4 (5%)
Hypoglycaemia needing intravenous fluids3 (4%)
Respiratory distress requiring invasive ventilation3 (4%)
Small for gestational age2 (3%)
High lactate2 (3%)
Others4 (5%)
  • *Infants may have more than one reason.