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Journal of The Korean Society of Maternal and Child Health 2009;13(2):195-206.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21896/jksmch.2009.13.2.195    Published online July 31, 2009.
Growth Profile and Supplementary Feeding Pattern of Healthy Breastfed Infants
장군자, 전은영
대구한의대학교
건강한 모유수유 영아의 성장특성과 이유보충식 관련 특성
장군자, 전은영
대구한의대학교
Abstract
Objectives
This study was carried out to investigate the growth profile and supplementary feeding pattern of healthy breastfed infants who participated at the Healthy Breastfed Baby Contest for two years (2006~2007).
Methods
Using the descriptive research method, the subjects of this study included 360 infants (226 boys, 134 girls) ranging from 5 to 7 months old. The data were collected using questionnaires to parents and anthropometric measurements of the baby.
Results
Eighty three percent of the mothers decided to breastfeed before their pregnancy and 59% intended to continue breastfeeding until their child reaches 1 year. The growth profiles revealed that body weight, length, and head circumferences were higher than the Korean National Growth Charts except the length of 7 month infants. Body Mass Index of the breastfed infants was within the normal range. Almost all of the 7- month-old baby's mothers carried out the supplementary feeding to their baby.
Conclusion
Growth pattern of the exclusively breastfed infants exceeds the Korean National Growth Standard until six months after birth. Supplementary feeding is started on time for most of the infants. It is necessary for breastfeeding mothers to be taught suitable weaning methods.
Key Words: breastfeeding, infant, growth, supplementary feeding
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