Growth of breastfed infants

Nommsen-Rivers LA, Dewey KG.
Breastfeed Med. 2009 Oct;4 Suppl 1:S45-9.

Understanding normal growth for the healthy breastfed infant is an important component of promoting and supporting child health in general and breastfeeding in particular. Appropriate characterization of normative growth patterns in the breastfed infant has implications ranging from the proper clinical management of the individual breastfed infant to accurate evaluation of the role of breastfeeding in the prevalence of over- and undernutrition at national and international levels.

Over the past decade, knowledge regarding growth of breastfed infants, how it differs from that of infants fed human milk substitutes, and the need for appropriate standards has increased considerably. Herein, we will provide an overview of four general areas of recent research and policy activity related to the growth of breastfed infants.

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