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Growth and macronutrient for the premature infant

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Learning Objective:

  • Review the unique nutritional needs of preterm infants
  • Review the incidence and causes of extrauterine growth restriction (EUGR) in very low-birth weight (VLBW) infants
  • Summarize the evidence regarding the impact of nutrition on neurodevelopmental outcomes
  • Define the protein and energy requirements of VLBW infants
  • Discuss a variety of nutritional strategies for meeting protein and energy requirements of VLBW infants


Stacia Pegram MA, RD, LD

NICU Dietitian
Palmetto Health Richland Hospital

Stacia has been a Clinical Dietitian at the Palmetto Health Richland NICU/Special Care Unit in Columbia, South Carolina, for 13 years. She has a wide range of experience and expertise in leading NICU nutrition initiatives, including the development and management of feeding guidelines, quality improvement programs and education of NICU staff. She is involved in the South Carolina Neonatal Nutrition Consortium to develop statewide NICU nutrition initiatives and is an active member of several nutrition-related professional societies.