Feeding Advancement Tables (iEAT)
The UC San Diego Medical Center NICU developed individualized enteric advancement tables (iEAT) based on work done at Utah Intermountain Health care. These tables can be used to generate feeding progression plans for babies according to their birth weight category.
The infant birth weight is entered and generates an individualized daily feeding plan from minimal enteric feeds through "full feeds". The tables have been adjusted to slowly "grow" the infant as the feedings progress. Fortification is also incorporated into the advancement.
Please note that these tables are guidelines; individual infants may need to move slower or faster depending on their health and feeding tolerance. If an infant is growing more rapidly than expected, consider generating a new table. If the feeding progression is too slow, consider advancing every 12 hours instead of every 24 hours (e.g. for a full term IUGR infant). At UC San Diego, the iEAT progression has been working well, but other institutions may need to adapt it to their nutritional program.