What is the relationship between the duration, frequency, and volume of exclusive human milk and/or infant formula consumption and growth, size, and body composition?
Approach to Answering the Question
NESR Systematic Review
Birth to 24 Months Subcommittee
Systematic Review Protocol
Developed for each scientific question being examined, the protocol describes the plan for how the systematic review will be conducted. The protocol provides the:
- Analytic framework,
- Literature search and screening plan, and
- Literature search and screening results.
For this question, human milk is defined as the mother’s own milk provided at the breast (i.e., nursing) or expressed and fed fresh or after refrigeration/freezing; donor milk is not examined in this review. Infant formula is defined as commercially prepared infant formula meeting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or Codex Alimentarius international food standards. In addition, outcomes include weight, weight-for-age; height, length/stature-for-age; body mass index (BMI), BMI z-score, weight-for-length; body circumferences; body composition; and incidence and prevalence of underweight, failure to thrive, stunting, wasting; healthy weight; overweight; or obesity.
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