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Breastfeeding protects against obesity in infancy
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The longer infants breastfed, the less likely they are to have an elevated weight gain by the age of two according to a study from Germany. Breastfed less than one month, elevated weight gain twice as likely
Children who were breastfed for no more than one month, were 99 percent more likely, in other words, twice as likely, to have an elevated weight gain compared to children who were breastfed for at least six months.
Breastfed less than six month, elevated weight gain 65% more likely
Children who were breastfed for less than six months were 65 percent more likely to have an elevated weight gain by the age of two.
“Our data show that exclusive breastfeeding protects against elevated weight gain during infancy which may be the first step on the pathway of obesity development,” the authors concluded.
Kalies H, Heinrich J, Borte N, Schaaf B, Von Berg A, Von Kries R, Wichmann H, Bolte G. The effect of breastfeeding on weight gain in infants: results of a birth cohort study. Eur J Med Res. 2005 Jan 28, 10(1):36-42.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
GSF National Research Center for Environment and Health
Institute of Epidemiology
Ingolstaedter Landstr. 1
D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany
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