Is Maternal Milk Production Limiting For Infant Growth During the First Year of Life in Breast-Fed Infants?

  • Margaret C. Neville
  • Jean Oliva-Rasbach


Growth rates of breast-fed infants have consistently been found to be slower after the first three months of life than standard growth rates as represented, for example, by NCHS scores. This appears to be true whether one considers infants of well-nourished mothers in developed countries (1–10) or infants in underdeveloped countries (reviewed in 11–13). In this paper we will not deal with the popular argument about whether this slowed growth rate represents growth faltering (6,7) in breast-fed infants. Rather we intend to look more closely at the mother-infant dyad to examine the possible regulatory mechanisms which lead to this slowed growth.


Breast Milk Milk Production Human Milk Milk Output Milk Intake 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret C. Neville
    • 1
  • Jean Oliva-Rasbach
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Physiology and PediatricsUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA

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