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Monday, April 24, 2006Ooops!
British Docs Have Been Giving Bad Advice to Breastfeeding Moms
For forty years...British breastfeeding moms have been told to supplement with formula or add in solids in order to bring their babies up to the "proper" weights as dictated by growth charts. The problem is, those charts have been based on formula fed babies who put on weight at a faster pace.
It's believed that the pressure on moms to bring breastfed babies "up to weight" may have contributed to the UK's growing youth obesity problem.
From the article:
Health experts believe the growth charts may have contributed to childhood obesity and associated problems such as diabetes and heart disease in later life. A government study has found that more than a quarter of children in English secondary schools are clinically obese, almost double the proportion a decade ago.
This week, the WHO will publish new growth standards based on a study of more than 8,000 breast-fed babies from six countries around the world. They will say the optimum size is that of a breast-fed baby.
The move will put pressure on British doctors to replace charts which, for the last four decades, have taken into account the growth patterns of bottle-fed babies.
Labels: Stats and Studies