Associations Between Feeding Behaviors/Cues and Physiological Stability During Oral Feeding in Preterm Infants

April 21, 2022 1:00 pm

Throughout the first year of life, infants transition from dependence during feeding to feeding independently. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many preterm infants who require specialized care and support to maintain physiological stability for successful oral feeding. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between preterm infant feeding behavior/cues and measures of physiological stability, as measured by heart rate (HR), respiratory rate (RR), and oxygen saturation (SPO2).

Learning Objective
Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the association between heartrate instability and specific stress cues in preterm infants.


  • Cindy Lund, PhD, CCC-SLP, C/NDT

    Cindy Lund holds a PhD in Health Sciences from Northern Illinois University and a MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at Concordia University Wisconsin. Dr. Lund has over 20 years of clinical experience working with infants and children with pediatric feeding disorder (PFD), across a variety of settings. She has completed extensive continuing education and training in the area of pediatric feeding and swallowing and is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment. Dr. Lund’s research is currently focused on infants and children with PFD and applications to clinical practice.

    Financial Disclosures: Salary from Concordia University
    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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