The next phase of the INTERGROWTH-21st Project, known as INTERPRACTICE-21st, has now begun. INTERPRACTICE-21st aims to promote optimal postnatal growth of preterm infants by:
(a) standardising growth measurement in babies born preterm by using the INTERGROWTH-21st international standards
(b) implementing evidence-based feeding recommendations based on breast feeding.
We have formed partnerships with leading neonatal units across the world to introduce these interventions in their hospitals and countries, with the ultimate aim of wider dissemination and high-level health policy support.
Using recommended feeding practices and international standards to monitor postnatal growth and development should help avoid nutritional patterns that may be associated with childhood overweight and obesity, and improve the growth, development and survival of preterm infants.
The support of the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation’ is gratefully acknowledged.