Study finds breastfeeding doesn't prevent childhood obesity; contradicts other research


Breastfeeding doesn't help reduce obesity rates in children, a new study reveals.

This information is contrary to claims made by the World Health Organization and other medical journals.

Researchers studied 14,000 healthy babies in Belarus, concluding that despite how long a woman breastfed — or whether or not she combined that with bottle feeding — it did not make a difference in obesity rates for children by the time they reached age 11.

"Breastfeeding has many advantages, but population strategies to increase the duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding are unlikely to curb the obesity epidemic," the researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

New findings contradict other research

A recently published study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that obesity risk was lowered by 15 to 25 percent in breast-fed children.

Based on this research, some hospitals suggested changing guidelines about promoting breastfeeding to pregnant mothers.

And while the new study doesn't suggest there is harm in breastfeeding, it simply asserts that the practice may have no real benefit on solving the childhood obesity problem.

Advantages of breastfeeding justify continued promotion efforts

"Although breastfeeding is unlikely to stem the current obesity epidemic, its other advantages are amply sufficient to justify continued public health efforts to promote, protect, and support it," the researchers wrote.

Breastfeeding has been linked to beneficial effects on gastrointestinal infections, atopic eczema and cognitive function, according to the study.

Source: New Jersey Times


The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information. Social


Diabetes Poll

Are you currently using oral medication to help control your diabetes?:
Total votes: 1110