How Much Energy Calories Does an Infant Need

An infant requires about 45 to 50 calories per pound of body weight. This need is about twice as high as for adults when we look at it relative to body weight. This makes sense because of the rapid growth of infants, while during adulthood increases in height and the normal growth of the skeleton and organs has ceased. Breast milk or most formulas will provide about 700 calories per quart or liter. The addition of solid foods in the latter half of infancy makes a significant energy contribution.

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