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Bottle Feeding Increases Weight Gain

April 18, 2013
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In a recent study, researchers looked to “better understand the mechanisms behind breastfeeding and childhood obesity.” As part of their study, they “assessed the association of weight gain with the mode of milk delivery aside from the type of milk given to infants.”

They found that babies who feed from a bottle experience a greater weight gain than those who are breast fed. These findings are regardless of whether breast milk or non-human (i.e., formula) milk are in the bottle. The investigators noted that “compared with infants fed at the breast, infants fed only by bottle gained 71 or 89 g more per month when fed nonhuman milk only or human milk only.”

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