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Pregnancy and Birth to 24 Months Systematic Review

Systematic Review Question

What is the relationship between timing of introduction to complementary foods and beverages and growth, size, and body composition?

Conclusion Statement

Moderate evidence suggests that first introduction of any complementary food or beverage (CFB) between 4-5 months compared to approximately 6 months of age is not associated with weight status, body composition, body circumferences, weight, or length among generally healthy, full-term infants. Grade: Moderate

Limited evidence suggests that introducing CFB before 4 months of age may be associated with higher odds of overweight/obesity. Grade: Limited

There is not enough evidence to determine the relationship between introduction of CFB at 7 months of age or older on growth, size, or body composition. Grade: Grade Not Assignable