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March 1985

Growth of Healthy Breast-fed Infants in the First Six Months-Reply

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Arizona Health Sciences Center 1501 N Campbell Ave Tucson, AZ 85724

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(3):220. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140050014003

In Reply.—Regrettably, a typographic error caused the 4.5 g of protein in the article by Hitchcock and colleagues1 to become 9.5 g of protein when cited in our article.2 However, we do not believe our interpretation of other aspects of their study was "Seriously in error." We cited the study by Hitchcock and colleagues in the context of reviewing studies of breastfeeding which had found growth velocities below national standards. We used data published by the National Center for Health statistics for comparison with the American infants in our sample, while Hitchcock and colleagues used British standards for comparison with the Australian infants in their sample. Although we used different standards, the results of our two studies were quite consistent; breast-fed infants grew more slowly than the standard rate regardless of which standard was used. We did not mean to imply that the breast-fed infants in their sample grew

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