Quality of growth in exclusively breast-fed infants in the first six months of life: An Italian study

Paola Roggero, Maria L. Giannì, Anna Orsi, Pasqua Piemontese, Orsola Amato, Nadia Liotto, Laura Morlacchi, Francesca Taroni, David A. Fields, Patrick M. Catalano, Fabio Mosca

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Nutrition in early life, growth, and subsequent health over a lifetime are significantly interrelated. The aim of this study was to assess body composition changes in exclusively breast-fed infants from birth up to 6 mo of age. An observational, prospective, cohort study was conducted. Fifty-nine full-term, healthy, exclusively breast-fed infants underwent assessment of growth and body composition, using air-displacement plethysmograph (i.e. PEA POD) by Life Measurement, Inc. (Concord, CA). Body composition was assessed at birth, 2 wk, and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 mo of age. Mean birth weight (g) and gestational age (wk) of the infants were 3170 ± 420 and 39.21 ± 1.29, respectively. Percentage of fat mass increased significantly over the first 4 mo (p <0.001), both in boys and girls, with no differences detected between boys and girls at any time point. This article provides preliminary in-depth data on whole-body composition, in exclusively breast-fed infants during the first months of life. Further studies assessing larger sample sizes are desirable to develop reference body composition data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-544
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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