The effects of infant feeding decisions on infant growth.

Sharon Jackson Barton, Patricia Kunz Howard, Mary Kay Rayens

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ISSUES AND PURPOSE: To determine the effects of feeding decisions on infant growth in the first 6 months of life. DESIGN AND METHODS: Growth measurements were collected twice during the first 6 months of infancy as part of a larger investigation of infant feeding practices (N = 52). RESULTS: Infants who received solid foods before the age of 4 to 6 months weighed less than those who received solid foods after 4 to 6 months. There were no differences in growth measurements between formula-fed and breast-fed infants, although breast-fed infants weighed more at birth. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Emphasize the importance of feeding breast milk (preferably) or formula only for the first 6 months. Advise parents to withhold fruit juices until the infant is at least 6 months old.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-70
Number of pages7
JournalJournal for specialists in pediatric nursing : JSPN
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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