Breastfed Babies' Growth at 6 Months

If you are still nursing your baby, congratulations! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies be only breastfed for approximately the first 6 months and that nursing continue to the first year and beyond as long as both mother and baby wish. (The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding up to age 2 and beyond.)

Breastfed babies have a different growth pattern from formula-fed babies, and you may find that your baby’s growth slows down at around 6 months based on growth charts. Many of those charts are based on combined averages of breastfed and formula-fed babies.

So, if your baby’s chart shows a slowing down at this age, discuss with your pediatrician the possibility that her growth may be normal for a breastfed baby. 

See also ...

•  Breastfed babies and weight gain

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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