• Enfamil® Premature 20 Cal

Enfamil® Premature 20 Cal

Milk-based infant formulas for premature or low-birth-weight infants

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Next Generation Enfamil® Premature Nutrition
  • Indication
    • Enfamil Premature is specifically formulated to meet the unique nutritional needs of rapidly growing premature or low-birth-weight infants who do not receive human milk.

      When more than 14 fl oz (414 mL) of 20 Calories/fl oz product is used per day, which may occur in larger infants weighing over 2500 g (5.5 lbs) consuming only Enfamil Premature, intake of some nutrients (eg, fat soluble vitamins) may be excessive. In such circumstances, it should be used only at the direction and under the supervision of a doctor. Enfamil® EnfaCare® may be a product to consider in such circumstances.

  • Product Features
      • 3.3 g of protein/100 Calories—appropriate level for growth and development1-3
      • Levels of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D within the ranges recommended by experts to help support bone mineralization and growth2
      • DHA to help support brain and eye development and to help support blood DHA concentration4
      • Fat blend is 40% medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil to promote fat absorption5,6
      • Nucleotide patterned after average free nucleotide level in breast milk7-10
      • Meets 2014 Global Expert Recommendations for all labeled nutrients2

      DHA and ARA Fatty Acid Nutrients*

      • DHA – 17 mg
      • ARA – 34 mg

      * Per 100 Calories.

  • Nutrients
    • (Normal Dilution) Per 100 Cal Per 100 mL
      Protein, g 3.3 2.2
      Fat, g 5 3.4
      Linoleic acid, mg 810 550
      Carbohydrate, g 10.8 7.3
      Water, g 132 89
      (Normal Dilution) Per 100 Cal Per 100 mL
      Vitamins/Other Nutrients
      Vitamin A, IU 1350 910
      Vitamin D, IU 300 200
      Vitamin E, IU 6.3 4.3
      Vitamin K, mcg 9 6.1
      Thiamin (Vitamin B1), mcg 200 135
      Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), mcg 300 200
      Vitamin B6, mcg 150 101
      Vitamin B12, mcg 0.25 0.17
      Niacin, mcg 4000 2700
      Folic acid (Folacin), mug 40 27
      Pantothenic acid, mug 1200 810
      Biotin, mcg 4 2.7
      Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid), mg 20 13.5
      Choline, mg 24 16.2
      Inositol, mg 44 30
      (Normal Dilution) Per 100 Cal Per 100 mL
      Calcium, mg 165 112
      Phosphorus, mg 90 61
      Magnesium, mg 9 6.1
      Iron, mg 1.8 1.22
      Zinc, mg 1.5 1.01
      Manganese, mcg 6.3 4.3
      Copper, mcg 120 81
      Iodine, mcg 25 16.9
      Selenium, mcg 5 3.4
      Sodium, mg 70 47
      Potassium, mg 98 66
      Chloride, mg 106 72

      † Product nutrient values and ingredients are subject to change. Please see product label for current information.

  • Nutrient Facts
    • Nutrient Density 100 Calories/fl oz
      Protein (% Calories) 13
      Fat (% Calories 44
      Carbohydrate (% Calories) 43
      Potential Renal Solute Load (mOsm/100 Calories)11 30
      Potential Renal Solute Load (mOsm/100 mL)11 20
      Osmolality (mOsm/kg water) 260
      Osmolarity (mOsm/L) 230
      Lactose-Free No
      Galactose-Free No
  • Product Form
    • Enfamil® Premature is available in ready-to-use Nursette® bottles.

    • Item #: 139401
      Description: RTU, 20 Cal Low Iron
      Unit Size: 2 fl oz bottle
      Cal./Unit: 40
      Prod. Yield / Unit (fl oz): 2
      Case: 48 bottles per case
      Reimbursement Code: 00087-139441

    • Item #: 139201
      Description: RTU, 20 Cal Iron Fortified
      Unit Size: 2 fl oz bottle
      Cal./Unit: 40
      Prod. Yield / Unit (fl oz): 2
      Case: 48 bottles per case
      Reimbursement Code: 0087-139241

      HCPCS Code

  • Composition
    • Ingredients: Ready To Use: Water, Nonfat Milk, Corn Syrup Solids, Whey Protein Concentrate, Lactose, Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT Oil), Soy Oil, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, and less than 0.5%: Mortierella Alpina Oil, Crypthecodinium Cohnii Oil§, Calcium Phosphate, Calcium Hydroxide, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Phosphate, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Cupric Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite, Rice Starch, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin E Acetate, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6 Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin K1, Biotin, Vitamin B12, Mono- and Diglycerides, Inositol, Soy Lecithin, Choline Chloride, Vitamin D3, Nucleotides (Cytidine 5'-monophosphate, Disodium Uridine 5'-monophosphate, Adenosine 5'-monophosphate, Disodium Guanosine 5'-monophosphate), Taurine, L-carnitine.

      ‡ A source of arachidonic acid (ARA).
      § A source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

  • Potential Allergens
    • Enfamil Premature contains milk and soy.

  • Preparation of Feedings
    • The baby's health depends on carefully following these instructions. Proper hygiene, preparation, use and storage are important when preparing infant formula.

      Discuss with parents whether they need to boil a clean nipple in water before use.

      Nursette Bottles

      1. Inspect each bottle for signs of damage.

      2. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before preparing bottle for feeding.

      3. SHAKE BOTTLE WELL and remove cap.

      4. Attach nipple unit (not included).

      Failure to follow these instructions could result in severe harm. Opened bottles can spoil quickly. Either feed immediately or replace cap and store in refrigerator at 35°–40°F (2°–4°C) for no longer than 24 hours. Do not use opened bottle if it is unrefrigerated for more than a total of 2 hours. Do not freeze. After feeding begins, use within 1 hour or discard.

      Enfamil® Premature may be provided at full strength or diluted for initial feedings. If it is diluted, progression to full strength should be made rapidly, as tolerated. If Enfamil Premature formula is fed to very low‑birth‑weight infants or stressed low‑birth‑weight infants, some clinicians choose to dilute initial feedings to half strength (10 Calories/fl oz if 20 Calories/fl oz formula is used).

      20 Calories/fl oz Formulation

      Dilution (parts of formula to parts of water)
      Calories/mL Calories/fl oz PRSL19 (mOsm/100 mL) Protein (g/100 mL) Osmolality (mOsm/kg of water) Osmolarity (mOsm/L)
      1:1 0.34 10 10 1.1 122 115
      Full strength 0.68 20 20 2.2 260 230

      PRSL (mOsm/100 mL) = (mmole nitrogen/2 + mmole Na + mmole K + mmole CI + mmole P)/100 mL.

      Nursette® Bottle Storage

      Store unopened bottles at room temperature. Avoid excessive heat and prolonged exposure to light. Do not freeze.


      Use by date on carton and bottle label.

      WARNING: Do not use a microwave oven to warm formula. Serious burns may result.

  • Product Characteristics
    • Fat

      The fat content in Enfamil Premature is 44% of total calories. Experts recommend that both preterm and term infants receive 40%-55% of their calories from fat1,12,13. Because preterm infants may have difficulty digesting and absorbing long-chain fatty acids, medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are used in Enfamil Premature. The fat blend in Enfamil Premature consists of approximately:

      • 40% MCT oil
      • 30.5% soy oil
      • 27% high oleic vegetable oil
      • 3% single-cell oil blend rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA)

      DHA and ARA

      Enfamil Premature has DHA and ARA, two nutrients also found in breast milk that are important building blocks for a baby's brain and eyes14-21. Some studies also show that DHA and ARA may enhance growth of premature infants compared to formulas without DHA and ARA4,22. The levels of DHA and ARA in Enfamil Premature are similar to those found in average worldwide breast milk23,||, as well as similar to the levels specified by expert groups1-3,24-26.

      || Average level of DHA and ARA in worldwide breast milk is 0.32% ± 0.22% and 0.47% ± 0.13% (mean ± standard deviation of total fatty acids) based on an analysis of 65 studies of 2,474 women23.

      MCT Oil

      Because preterm infants may have difficulty digesting and absorbing long-chain fatty acids, 40% of the fat in Enfamil Premature is from MCTs. Medium-chain triglycerides are more rapidly and completely hydrolyzed than long-chain triglycerides, and the resulting medium-chain fatty acids are effectively absorbed by individuals with fat malabsorption27.


      Protein provides 13% of total calories in Enfamil Premature. The protein is patterned after early human milk with 80% whey and 20% casein from whey protein concentrate and nonfat milk. The level of protein is 3.3 g/100 Calories, which meets 2014 Global Expert Recommendations2.

      ¶ Whey:casein ratio of typical early breast milk (days 3-5 after lactation begins).


      Carbohydrate provides 43% of total calories in Enfamil Premature. The carbohydrate is a blend of 60% corn syrup solids (glucose polymers) and 40% lactose. The carbohydrate blend helps avoid overloading the infant's capacity to digest lactose. Low-birth-weight infants can readily digest the corn syrup solids used in Enfamil Premature.

      Vitamins and Minerals

      Vitamin and mineral levels are designed to help meet recent expert recommendations for preterm infants1-3.

      Calcium and Phosphorus

      Enfamil Premature provides 165 mg calcium/100 Calories and a calcium:phosphorus ratio of 1.83:1, similar to that of human milk. The low-birth-weight infant requires greater amounts of calcium to meet dietary requirements than is provided by human milk or standard infant formulas1,2. Calcium supplementation to standard infant formulas has been shown to improve calcium status of low-birth-weight infants28.


      Enfamil Premature with Iron at 20 Calories/fl oz contains 12.2 mg iron/L to help prevent iron deficiency and reduce the need for supplemental iron.

      Electrolytes—Sodium, Potassium, and Chloride

      The electrolyte levels in Enfamil Premature reflect recommendations of experts2,3. The sodium, potassium, and chloride levels are 70 mg/100 Calories, 98 mg/100 Calories, and 106 mg/100 Calories, respectively.


      The nucleotide levels in Enfamil Premature are patterned after the average level of free nucleotides found in breast milk 
(28 mg/L)7-10. At 20 Calories/fl oz, Enfamil Premature provides 28 mg free nucleotides/L.

  • Clinical Experience
    • Clinical studies with Enfamil Premature demonstrate that the formula promotes growth, is well tolerated, and is safe.4,22, In addition, in one study, premature infants fed Enfamil formulas with DHA and ARA# had higher scores on a test of infant development than similar infants fed unsupplemented formulas22,.

      #Studies used Enfamil Premature, Enfamil EnfaCare, and Enfamil® Infant. ** Studies used Enfamil Premature, Enfamil EnfaCare, and Enfamil LIPIL®


      Preterm infants who received Enfamil Premature, Enfamil EnfaCare, and Enfamil Infant: 
Achieved higher scores on both the MDI and PDI of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development II vs infants receiving the discontinued formulas without DHA and ARA**.

      • 5.5-point increase on MDI (P=0.056)
      • 7.8-point increase on PDI (P<0.05)

      Mean Scores on Bayley Scales of Infant Development II at 18 months Corrected Age4,††

      Mean Scores on Bayley Scales of Infant Development II at 18 months Corrected Age

      ** Study was conducted prior to the reformulation of Enfamil Premature to meet 2014 Global Expert Recommendations. †† Some infants in this study were fed formulas supplemented with DHA from a fish source, but data are not shown in the graph. From a randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial involving 245 VLBW infants.


      One study evaluated premature infants who had received Enfamil formulas until they were 1 year CA. In the randomized, double-blind, prospective, multi-center trial, very low-birth-weight (VLBW) infants were assigned to one of 3 formula groups: formulas with no DHA and ARA; formulas with DHA from fish oil and ARA from single-cell oil; or formulas with DHA and ARA from single-cell oil. Each formula group included a premature formula (24 Calories/fl oz)**, a nutrient enriched discharge formula (22 Calories/fl oz), and a term formula (20 Calories/fl oz). The investigators involved in the study chose when each formula type (premature, discharge, or term formula) was fed to the infants. Formulas were the only source of diet until 4 months CA and were fed until 12 months CA. Between 12 months CA and 18 months CA, infants were fed diets determined by their parents. Term infants (n=105) who were to receive breast milk for 4 months served as a reference group. The study found that the group of infants that received premature, discharge, and term formulas with single cell oil source of DHA and ARA had significantly greater achieved weight from 6 through 18 months CA when compared to infants who received formula without DHA and ARA. The weight of the infants in the study group was comparable to that of full-term breastfed infants at 18 months CA. Infants in the DHA and ARA supplemented group also had a significantly greater achieved length at 2, 9, and 12 months CA than infants who received discontinued formula without DHA and ARA22.

      Additionally infants fed Enfamil Premature experienced enhanced growth when compared with infants who received Enfamil Premature formula without DHA. In a double-blind, multi-center study, 194 premature infants received formula with no DHA and ARA (Enfamil Premature formula), formula with DHA only, or Enfamil Premature formula with 17 mg DHA and 34 mg ARA/100 Calories** for at least 28 days during hospitalization. The infants who received Enfamil Premature with DHA and ARA gained weight significantly faster during hospitalization than infants who received formula with no DHA and ARA. In addition, the group that was fed formulas with DHA and ARA had weights and weight:length ratios that were similar to term breastfed infants at 1 and 4 months CA4.

      ** Study was conducted prior to the reformulation of Enfamil Premature to meet 2014 Global Expert Recommendations.

      Growth of Premature Infants Fed Enfamil Infant Formulas22

      Growth of Premature Infants Fed Enfamil LIPIL Formulas

      §§ P<0.05 for breastfed, full-term infants vs all preterm groups. |||| No significant difference (P>0.05) for Enfamil Infant formulas vs breastfed, full-term infants, but P<0.05 for control formulas vs breastfed, full-term infants. ¶¶ P<0.05 for control formulas vs Enfamil Infant formulas. ## Enfamil Premature, Enfamil EnfaCare, and Enfamil Infant.

      From a randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial involving 245 VLBW infants and 105 breastfed, full-term infants. Some infants in this study were fed formulas supplemented with DHA from a fish source, but data are not shown in the graph.

      Preterm infants who received Enfamil Premature, Enfamil EnfaCare, and Enfamil Infant:

      • Achieved significantly greater weight and length vs infants receiving Enfamil formulas without DHA and ARA
      • Caught up in weight (at 18 months CA) and length (at 9 months CA) with full-term, breastfed infants

      Safety and Tolerance

      In both studies described above, formulas with DHA and ARA were well tolerated by premature infants4,22. The addition of DHA and ARA in the formula had no effect on the incidence of adverse events in either study4,22,**.

      ** Study was conducted prior to the reformulation of Enfamil Premature to meet 2014 Global Expert Recommendations.

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