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Bottle-fed babies more likely to be obese: study

Study shows formula fed children develop unnaturally large appetites


According to a new study, bottle-fed babies are more likely to develop unnaturally large appetites and become obese later on in life. The study by Atul Singhal of the Institute of Child Health in London showed 20 per cent of adult obesity is caused by over-feeding in infancy. This is because bottle-fed babies aren’t limited in their intake of milk, unlike breastfed babies who have to work hard to get it. Singhal says the message parents should take home is not to over-feed their child—even if it’s born small at birth. “In public-health terms, it supports the case in the general population for breastfeeding—as it is harder to overfeed a breastfed baby,” says Singhal.

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Bottle-fed babies more likely to be obese: study

  1. I wonder how much this breath-taking study cost? Everyone with eyes knows that formula-fed babies are fatter than breast-fed infants.

    Next, I'll expect a study telling us that oxygen is an important component of a good health and infants need oxygen to develop normally.

    • It is still good to confirm what the eyes see with other empirical evidence.

      • Such as a ''hands on'' approach then ?

  2. I am not surprised by the results of this study and I am happy it has been released. So often people justify using formula for various reasons. I know some can truly not breast feed, but they are in the minority. Sadly, many choose to formula feed for selfish reasons ahead of babies best health. Breast is best and the more studies that prove it the better.

  3. What rubbish!

    I breast fed my baby for as long as I could withstand sleepless nights, some 5 months after his birth. He kept me awake day and night simply to hang on to the nipple, and I had had a ceasarean (!!!)… he wouldn't even drink except for 5 mins. I gave up.

    So it was the bottle and a lot of attention. He is now 33 years old, slim and fit as a fiddle, just like his mom. At 65, I weigh 46.7kg @ a height of 1.60m. Make of it what you wish.

    • The difference between your "one" experience and studies are that they are based on many experiences. As with all mammals, the milk made by the human mother is the best food for her baby. It is the most easily digested and offers all the right nutrients. If you feed often (every few hours during the day), the baby should not need to be nursed during the night by 6 weeks of age. The breastmilk is the only source of nutrition the baby needs for the first 6 months – except for vitamin D. It is also cheap and convenient – free in fact. Formula on the other hand can cost between $160.00 to $200.00 per month. If the babe falls asleep on the breast, you undress him or gentle cajole him to keep nursing. The truly amazing thing about breastfeeding is that your body produces the exact breastmilk that your baby needs to flourish and the more your baby nurses the more you produce. It is a learned skill and at first neither of you have the skill, so it takes a bit of a knack to catch on but once you do, it can be a great experience for both mom and babe and it's cheap and always available so why not give it a go.

  4. I wonder how scientific this study is for I have seen many neighbors with fat, fat babies and turned out into fat adults, who had been breast fed. I also have seen bottled feed babies turned out into slim adults.

  5. weill come on ppl u cant say i i know someone who was breastfed and there fat now lol ummm hello i was breastfed and im 112 kilos why cos i eat junk food come on. i do think this study is right though and is said 20% it the ones that shove a bottle in there babys mouth every time thay cry try water and dont say thay dont like it if that want a drink thay will have it i dont like vegs i still eat is when its the only thing in my house now