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Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

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Clinical Epidemiology | Epidemiology | Infectious Disease | Maternal and Child Health | Pediatrics


The World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee on Physical Status: The Use and Interpretation of Anthropometry established reference anthropometric standards for the growth of healthy infants and children. As part of a prospective clinical study of dengue virus infections in infants, we measured the length and weight of healthy infants in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippines at two scheduled study visits. We examined the correlation between breastfeeding and WHO anthropometric z scores during early infancy in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippines. We found that breastfeeding status and the frequency of breastfeeding during early infancy positively correlated with weight-based WHO anthropometric z scores.


Breastfeeding, infant, anthropometry, weight, nutrition, bottle-feeding

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Copyright Libraty et al.; Licensee Bentham Open. This is an open access article licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( 3.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited.

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Libraty DH, Capeding RZ, Obcena A, Brion JD, Tallo V. Breastfeeding During Early Infancy is Associated with Higher Weight-Based World Health Organization Anthropometry. Open Pediatr Med Journal. 2013 Jun 28;7. doi:10.2174/1874309920130610001. Link to article on publisher's site

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The open pediatric medicine journal

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