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Assessment of Breastfeeding and Infant Growth

Authors

  • Pamela D. Hill RN, CBE, PhD,

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    • Pamela D. Hill, RN, CBE, PhD, FAAN, is a professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • Teresa S. Johnson RN, PhD

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    • Teresa S. Johnson, RN, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.


College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1515 5th Ave., Ste. 400, Moline, IL 61265. E-mail: phill@uic.edu

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to provide information for health care professionals to guide the assessment of feeding and growth in breastfed infants. Tools to assist in the assessment of breastfeeding are discussed, as well as infant weight, infant test-weighing, elimination, and growth patterns. We present in detail the research surrounding the development of infant growth charts and the potential for inaccurate assessment.

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