1 L-CERP + 1 CEU

Interpreting Growth Charts in a Pediatric Population

Hope K Lima, PhD, RDN, IBCLC
Course description
Growth charts are one of the primary tools that pediatric practitioners have to gauge if growth is progressing appropriately. The three growth measurements tracked in children under 2 are weight, recumbent length, and head circumference. Despite the importance of these clinical anthropometrics, there are common misunderstandings with how to read growth charts, which growth charts are most appropriate to, when to change which type of growth chart you are using, and how to use a growth chart determine when growth is suboptimal.

Frequent misunderstandings with tracking growth leads to unnecessary supplementation in exclusively breastfeeding infants and can be avoided with proper training. In this webinar, you will learn about using different types of growth charts to determine if growth is suboptimal in pediatric populations.
Meet the Instructor

Hope K Lima, PhD, RDN, IBCLC

Hope became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2017, completed her PhD in nutritional biochemistry in May 2018, and became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in September 2020. 

In addition to owning and operating Hope Feeds Babies, Hope is employed full time at Winthrop University in the Department of Human Nutrition overseeing the Certificate in Medical Lactation and running a research lab that focuses on helping mothers to reach their infant feeding goals, improving access to human milk, and analyzing the nutritional content of human milk.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Learners say 

I really enjoyed this course and will definitely use the techniques in my practice. 

Rebecca McCann, RN, BSN, IBCLC, PMH-C

Everything was fantastic, this is a great webinar for someone in both the nutrition and lactation fields, I would highly recommend it!

Elaine House, MS, CLC

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Knowledge Gap
When practitioners utilize growth charts inappropriately, recommendations for supplementation can be made at inappropriate times. In many instances, this involves interruption of exclusive breastfeeding and supplementation with formula. This course will provide evidence-based education on reading and utilizing growth charts so that this common occurrence can be avoided.


Use a growth chart to plot weight, recumbent length, and head circumference


Determine whether a child’s growth is appropriate or suboptimal


List clinical situations that would require a specialized growth chart
IBLCE Content Outline
I. A. 11 Term development and growth

Course Lessons

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