Is your baby breastfeeding? Well then, the commonly used CDC growth charts are not for you. The CDC growth charts were developed utilizing patterns seen in formula fed infants which happened to represent the population at the time the growth charts were produced.
Breastfed infants and formula fed infants differ in their growth patterns. Breastfed infants tends to gain weight rapidly in the first 6 months of life and then weight gain slows for the second half of the year. Formula fed infants, on the other hand, continue to gain throughout the first year of life. Since many pediatricians still use these charts to monitor weight gain of ALL babies, many breastfeeding moms have been encouraged to supplement their breast-fed infant unnecessarily.
As of September 2010, the CDC began endorsing the World Health Organization’s (WHO) growth charts for ALL infants and children under the age of 2. Be sure to print out these charts below and take them on your next pediatrician visit.
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Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST