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Summary of Systematic Review

Cup Feeding Versus Other Forms of Supplemental Enteral Feeding for Newborn Infants Unable to Fully Breastfeed
Flint, A., New, K., et al. (2007).
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2).

This review meets the criteria for a high-quality evidence-based systematic review.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review states a clearly focused question or aim Yes
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes
Characteristics of the included studies are provided Yes

This is a review of randomized or quasi-randomized controlled trials investigating the impact of cup feeding as compared to other forms of enteral feeding to supplement breastfeeding in newborn infants.

Question(s)/Aim(s) Addressed:
Impact of cup feeding versus other forms of supplemental enteral feeding on outcomes of weight gain and breastfeeding for newborn infants who are unable to fully breastfeed.

Newborn infants unable to fully breastfeed.

Cup feeding.

Number of Studies Included:

Years Included:
Through April 2006


  • Treatment

    • Equipment/Utensils

      • “Cup feeding cannot be recommended over bottle feeding as a supplement to breastfeeding because it confers no benefit in maintaining breastfeeding beyond hospital discharge and may carry the unacceptable consequence of a longer stay in hospital” (p. 8).

Sponsoring Body:
Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital; University of Queensland, Brisbane (Australia)

Swallowing Disorders, Feeding Disorders, Tube Feeding, Swallowing Treatment

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