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Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle by Elizabeth Eilender

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CHAPTER 3

Feeding the Infant

Introduction

Infants will grow more rapidly during their first year after birth than at any other time in their lives, doubling their weight at six months, and tripling their weight by age one. This chapter serves as an overview of typical infant growth patterns and developmental milestones as they pertain to feeding habits and sound nutrition.

During the first few months of life, breast milk or infant formula provides all the nutrients and calories babies need, followed by the gradual introduction of solid foods, which help foster not only healthy eating habits, but help infants cultivate fine motor skills and a sense of independence through grasping and tasting new foods.

Growth

Within two days after birth, many ...

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