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Bottle fed babies are fat.

Posted by on May. 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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okay now that i have your attention lol The other day in the post about Corn syrup in formula.. a discussion sprung up about how formula babies are heavier then breast fed ones.. I saw this today and found it interesting. It's not just formula babies its also breast milk in bottle babies. Just an interesting tidbit.

Breastfed babies may gain less weight: study

 
 
 
 
 

Babies who were fed from a bottle, either with only breast milk or only formula, gained about 85 grams (three ounces) more per month compared to those who were solely breastfed.

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Babies who are breastfed gain less weight over their first year of life compared to babies fed either breast milk or formula from a bottle, according to a U.S. study.

The report, in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, is one piece of a growing body of evidence that breastfeeding appears to be the best choice for a newborn and protect against obesity later in life.

Lead author Ruowei Li of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the difference may come down to how much a role babies play in deciding when to stop feeding instead of mothers or fathers forcing them to finish a bottle.

"If the babies are fed by the breast, the baby plays a very active role, because they are the ones who decide when to suckle and when to stop," she said.

Li and her fellow researchers followed about 1,900 babies from across the United States who were born in the mid-2000s.

Through a series of surveys sent to their mothers, the researchers asked for, among other things, babies’ weights at different ages and how often women breastfed, pumped their breast milk or used formula.

Babies who were fed from a bottle, either with only breast milk or only formula, gained about 85 grams (three ounces) more per month compared to those who were solely breastfed.

After that, the findings became a bit more complicated.

When mothers combined breastfeeding and bottle feeding with human milk only, babies didn’t gain any extra weight. But if the babies were fed both breast milk and formula, they grew similarly to babies who were solely breast-fed.

It’s not clear why those babies fed a combination of breast milk by bottle as well as formula may not have gained additional weight, the researchers said.

But “the key message out of this study is that breastfeeding really is the first feeding choice for the babies,” said Li, adding that supplementing breastfeeding with breast milk from a bottle is a good second option.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers exclusively breastfeed for six months and continue breastfeeding as foods are introduced until at least 12 months.

But experts acknowledged that care needs to be taken not to put mothers under pressure about breastfeeding, acknowledging that it just may not be possible for a number of reasons.

“There were millions of babies raised on formula well before the obesity epidemic started,” said Jeffrey Wright, a pediatrician from the University of Washington School of Medicine, who wrote an editorial linked to the study

“Each family should weigh the benefits they see against the hassles they take to get there, and the father should be involved in that discussion.”

SOURCE: Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, online May 7, 2012.

 
 
 



by on May. 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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Mrs.Worthen
by on May. 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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my son is breastfed and he's still pretty fat. lol

crispysmom
by on May. 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Interesting.
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StoneColdKiller
by Platinum Member on May. 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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Most babies are fat but I noticed my friends breastfeed babies were a lot bigger then my son. But about 1 and half all our kids balanced out.
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mommybecky
by on May. 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM
All 4 of my babies were bottle fed and none of them were, or are, fat. Actually, 3 of them are on the small side.
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jillbailey26
by on May. 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM

That's a little over 2lbs in that one year, lol.


"Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification"  Romans 14:19

MamaRae85
by Bronze Member on May. 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM

lol I was on a medication that prevented milk production, so he solely breastfed after about 6 weeks. He's always been super super tiny! lol

Quoting Mrs.Worthen:

my son is breastfed and he's still pretty fat. lol


ashleyrenee24
by Ashley on May. 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I wonder why people think heavier babies are healthier babies? My first was a skinny baby and she was healthy.

wishonme_2000
by on May. 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM
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both of my kids were bottle fed and they are not fat they are where they need to be 


acaisha
by on May. 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM

two pounds on a 20 pound person is 10% body weight... thats like 20 pounds on a 200 pound person..

Quoting jillbailey26:

That's a little over 2lbs in that one year, lol.




rgba
by Gold Member on May. 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Mine had breastmilk only, and he was 22 lbs at 6 months!!
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