Infant Feeding Practices And The Development Of A Child 's Overall Wellness

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Introduction Infant feeding practices have been regarded as crucial in the development of a child’s overall wellness. In 2008, authors Nina M. Philipsen Hetzner, Rachel A. Razza, Lizabeth M. Malone, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn published the article, Associations Among Feeding Behaviors During Infancy and Child Illness at Two Years, in the journal Maternal and Child Health Journal, where they explore the correlation between breastfeeding, early introduction to solid food, and the possible effects it may have on the development of infant illness. Similarly, in the article Early Childhood Healthy and Obese Weight Status: Potentially Protective Benefits of Breastfeeding and Delaying Solid Foods, published in 2013 in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, authors Brian G. Moss and William H. Yeaton aim to understand the benefits of breastfeeding, while examining the importance of delaying solid foods in a developing infant as this may affect a child’s weight status, which may implicate secondary effects such as physiological and psychological health problems later on in its development. Both studies aim to understand how the introduction of solid food’s early on in a developing child prior to six months of age, may have negative effects on their development, as opposed to those effects that a child may have when being exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. Method Both studies used the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) to address the
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