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The new "breast from birth" growth charts. An updated version of the paper given at the Primary Care Conference and Exhibition, May 2003.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14666846     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The Child Growth Foundation has published the first weight reference charts specifically designed for the breast-fed infant. Based on a sample of 120 long-term British breast-fed babies, the charts demonstrate the particular growth pattern of breast-fed babies. This differs from formula-fed infants in that breast-fed babies initially gain weight more rapidly, but from two to three months of age their weight gain decreases and they begin to move downwards across centiles. At present breast-fed babies are measured against the standard British 1990 weight reference chart rather than one that reflects the pattern of the long-term breast-fed baby. The author, Tam Fry from the Child Growth Foundation, argues that the new charts will prevent mothers and health professionals from becoming anxious and changing the infant from breast to formula milk when growth begins to slow down. He also suggests that the charts could be used as the reference for all British babies, whatever the means of feeding.
Authors:
Tam Fry
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of family health care     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1474-9114     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Health Care     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-11     Completed Date:  2004-01-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101142028     Medline TA:  J Fam Health Care     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  124-6     Citation Subset:  N    
Affiliation:
Child Growth Foundation, London.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Breast Feeding*
Child, Preschool
Congresses as Topic
Great Britain
Growth*
Humans
Infant
Infant Food*
Infant, Newborn
Reference Values
Weight Gain*

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