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Bottle Effect: Pumped Breast Milk or Formula Affects Appetite “Self-Regulation”

Posted May 11 2010 12:00am
Photo by Alessandro Perilli Baby bottle feeding affects appetite self-regulation

Baby bottle feeding affects appetite self-regulation

My daughter was a very chunky baby.  I worried she would become an obese child, but every study or book I read said that breastfed babies have lower risks of becoming overweight.  She’s now a slender child, and my worries certainly did not make me change her on-demand feeding habits.

A new study has found that breastfeeding helps children with appetite “self-regulation”, a skill that enables you to stop eating when you are full, even there is still food left on your plate.

Interestingly, researchers found results were similar for pumped breast milk or formula fed via a bottle.  It is the bottle that is to blame, not the contents.   Reuters explains:

In this study, self-regulation was measured when the babies were 7, 9, 10 and 12 months old; mothers were asked how often their babies drank an entire bottle or cup of milk (formula or pumped breast milk)…

Babies who had had more than two-thirds of their feedings via bottle in early infancy were twice as likely to routinely empty their milk cups as babies who’d had less than one-third of their feedings via bottle.

What’s more, the pattern was seen whether those early bottle-feedings contained formula or pumped breast milk.

I wonder if it is actually the bottle to blame or the feeding habits of adults.  I have heard parents, grandparents, and caregivers say to babies many times, “Just finish the bottle.”  I think adults encourage infants, no matter their age, to consume entire bottle contents, whereas with the breast, their is no visual clues as to how much is left.  I know from personal experience serving my son pumped breast milk in the hospital after open heart surgery, I really didn’t want to throw away any of that precious liquid I had squeezed out of my breasts.

Whether the adult or the vessel is responsible for the bottle effect:  it is important for parents to be aware of the obesity risks that may result.

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