First year growth overview

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First year growth overview

The human infant doesn’t grow quite as fast as they do in the first 12 months ever again in their lifetime. From birth to about 3 months the average weight gain is between one half to one ounce a day. From 3 months to 6 months, it drops to just a half ounce a day. And from 6 months to the end of the first year, it drops to between four to five tenths of an ounce per day. Correspondingly, the human infant is also growing in height during that period. And they average in the first 6 months approximately one inch per month and in the second 6 months a half inch per month.

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Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC

Infant Feeding Specialist

Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC holds a master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry and is a board certified lactation consultant in private practice in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in home and internet consults for new mother/infant couples from birth through two years of age. She covers early breastfeeding questions such as learning to trust the breast, establishing a good milk supply, sore nipples, colic and reflux; as well as “back to work” protocols for the working mother and “transitioning to solids” at six months per the American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization guidelines, plus food wars and gentle weaning guidelines for the older infant. In addition, she has written for LA Family Magazine and Mothering Magazine, and leads infant feeding workshops throughout the community. With the wisdom of motherhood still largely negated or ignored, she specializes in combining ancient matriarchal traditions with modern science to help the new mother transition into the time-honored role of nurturing her baby with body and breast. She continues to pursue the goal of redefining the human infant feeding norm as breastfeeding or breastmilk for all children.

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