Does Feeding Babies From Bigger Bottles Kickstart Weight Issues?

New Study Suggests That It Does

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By Christine Chen
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Feeding babies formula from a big bottle might put them at higher risk for greater-than-normal weight gain and weight-for-length size, a new study suggests.Researchers who assessed 298 babies found bottle size in early infancy is an important factor when measuring for unhealthy weight gain and higher risk for obesity at 6 months of age.”Potentially, they were being overfed,” said Dr. Charles Wood, a pediatrician and co-author of the study.”We’re trying to figure out the modifiable factors in early life that can prevent obesity or promote healthy growth in the first year of life,” added Wood, of the division of general pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.The study concluded that reducing bottle size might be one way to reduce early onset obesity. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports childhood obesity has more than doubled in the United States in the past 30 years.The infants in this study were fed exclusively by bottles containing formula, not breast milk or expressed breast milk, between the ages of 2 months and 6 months.Almost half the parents used a “large” bottle, defined as one that held 6 or more ounces of formula. Overall, weight gain averaged about 6 pounds, but infants fed with a large bottle gained about 7 ounces more and had larger weight-for-length size by the 6-month mark.”Bottle-fed infants might be at greater risk of being overfed, especially if the parent pushes the infant to finish the bottle, even if the baby is giving fullness signs,” Wood added.Other research has…

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