Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition

Normalizing Breastfeeding and Supporting Healthy Families in Virginia


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Have you seen this chart at your baby’s MD visit? This is the World Health Organization Paediatric Growth Chart. It is important that your MD use the WHO charts because it was developed with Breastfeeding babies.

🌏WHO measured healthy breastfed infant’s growth from different parts of the world over time, and from that data came the “growth chart”. The chart helps your MD identify any problems in growth in your child which may be the first indication of illness or other problem.

🤱🏻🤱🤱🏾🤱🏽🤱🏿🤱🏼Just like adults come in different sizes, so do babies. Some babies are 9 lbs at birth, some are 6 lbs at birth. The weight at birth is largely determined by many factors including maternal and placental health and parental genetics. A baby born on the 97th percentile is NOT healthier than a baby born on the 3rd percentile. It is just who they are like brown or blue eyes.

👶🏽The important part of the chart is that the baby grows along the same curve they were born on. This may fluctuate a bit in the real world but shouldn’t cross 2 lines.

You can’t overfeed a baby at the breast! Babies will regulate how much they take. Your job as the parent, is to offer the breast often, and it’s the baby’s job to drink. How easy is that? No guessing “how much should I give?”..... baby learns to stop when full. You learn to trust the baby to tell you what she needs👶🏽 self regulation is an important life skill:)

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