For how long is exclusive breast-feeding adequate to satisfy the dietary energy needs of the average young baby?

Pediatr Res. 1995 Feb;37(2):239-43. doi: 10.1203/00006450-199502000-00019.


This review is based on a lecture given in connection with the 1994 Nutricia Foundation Award. It describes how recent research findings in infant dietary energy requirements have provided a firm quantitative basis for the widely quoted pediatric view that exclusive breast-feeding should provide sufficient nourishment for the average child until 4-6 mo of age.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Body Water
  • Breast Feeding*
  • Energy Intake
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Infant*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Milk, Human / chemistry
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • United Nations
  • Weaning
  • World Health Organization