HUG Newsletter Breastfeeding: Weeks Eight and Nine

Can your breastfed baby become obese?

The research clearly demonstrates that breastfed babies are less likely to become obese. Some breastfeed babies develop multiple belly rolls and can look like an overfed formula-fed baby. Though such a formula-fed baby is at high risk for obesity, chubby breastfed babies usually level out on their growth curve in height and weight, consistent with their family’s genetics, between six and nine months.

How does breastfeeding prevents obesity? Current research confirms:

  • Breastfed babies learn the feeling of satiation and regulate intake according to their nutritional needs.
  • Breastfed babies regulate their intake by calories, not ounces of milk.
  • Breastfed babies may continue to suckle for comfort without swallowing milk. Babies on the bottle, who are sucking for comfort, will continue to take in milk.
  • Breastfeeding mothers are more sensitive to cues that signal when the baby is satisfied than are mothers of  formula-fed babies.
  • Breastfeeding mothers are more effective promoting “infant-led” eating when solids (complementary foods) are added.
  • Because genetics, diet, and exercise practices impact obesity in children, parents will need to help exclusively breastfed baby by offering healthy solid foods around six months and by modeling healthy food and exercise habits.

Some mothers have an abundance (oversupply) of breast milk, causing baby to have excessive gas and green stools.

These babies are taking in more of the front, high sugar milk. CLICK here  for tips to decrease an oversupply.

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