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Infants of obese mothers eat 29% more than baby’s of normal weight mothers
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Infants of obese mothers consume 29 percent more calories and eat a higher percentage of carbohydrates than infants of normal weight mothers according to a new study. Obese mother less time interacting, less time feeding; infants ate 29% more calories, higher percentage carbohydrates
Obese mothers spent 33 percent less time interacting with their babies (6 hours and 21 minutes versus 9 hours and 30 minutes), and 40 percent less time feeding their babies than normal weight mothers (2 hours and 56 minutes versus 4 hours and 58 minutes), however, infants of obese mothers consumed 29 percent more calories (88 versus 68 calories per kg of body weight), and consumed a higher percentage of their calories as carbohydrates (25 versus 16 calories per kg of body weight).
Obese mother 57% less time interacting before feedings
Obese mothers spent 57 percent less time interacting with their babies one hour prior to feedings than normal weight mothers (1 hour and 8 minutes versus 2 hours and 37 minutes).
Additional calories from food other than formula
Nearly all of the additional calories in the infants of obese mothers came from food other than formula. Both groups of infants consumed nearly an identical amount of calories from formula (68 calories per kg of body weight for babies of normal weight mothers versus 69 for babies of obese mothers).
Additional calories from food: 18 vs zero calories per kg
Calories from complementary foods, that is, food other than formula, were 18 calories per kg of body weight for infants of obese mothers compared to no calories for infants of normal weight mothers.
Infants of obese mothers fed fewer times per day: 7 vs 9
Infants of obese mothers were fed fewer times per day than infants of normal weight mothers (7.3 versus 9.3 times per day).
Infants of obese mothers slept 15 percent more
Infants of obese mothers slept an hour and forty minutes more than infants of obese mothers also (13 hours and 5 minutes versus 11 hours and 22 minutes).
Obese if BMI 30 or more, normal weight if less than 25
Mothers were categorized as obese if their body mass index (BMI) exceeded 30, and normal weight if their BMI was less than 25.
Mothers: 4 obese, 3 normal weight
The study included four obese mothers with an average age of 29-years-old, average weight of 188 pounds and BMI of 33.5, and three normal weight mothers with an average age of 28-years-old, average weight of 127 pounds and BMI of 23.1.
The seven infants were approximately 5 months of age, and both groups of infants weighed the same with an average weight of 16.3 pounds.
Rising R, Lifshitz F. Relationship between maternal obesity and infant feeding-interactions. Nutr J. 2005 May 12, 4(1):17.
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