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Tuesday, February 21, 2006While most breastfeeding moms have already heard that breastfeeding their children can lead to reduced incidences of obesity in adulthood, many probably haven't seen any of the studies that actually back this up.
Ran across such a study earlier today that has been published by Dr. Matthew W. Gillman and that is available (at cost) at the Journal of American Medical Association web site.
A few key takeaway points from the study:
* Ignoring sociocultural factors, the study still shows that the longer an infant is breastfed, the lower the chance that they'll be overweight as a teenager.
* The study looked at multiple children within the same family who were breastfed for longer or shorter time periods. The siblings that were breastfed longer were slightly less likely to become overweight during their teen years.
* For each four month increase in breastfeeding, the risk of obesity dropped by 6%
* One theory behind the study is that breast milk has lasting metabolic effects that can aid in long-term weight management.
Yet another great reason to make sure your kid's no weaner!
Labels: Stats and Studies