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Month: May 2011

Breastfed babies develop fewer behavioural problems

Breastfed babies develop fewer behavioural problems

Children who are breastfed for four months or more develop fewer behaviour problems, Oxford researchers say. The study, involving 10,000 mothers and their babies and in journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, says that may be because of the make-up of breast milk. Or, it says, breastfeeding may lead to better mother-baby interaction. Breastfeeding is already associated with other health benefits for babies, including lower rates of infection and less obesity in later life. Researchers looked at the feeding habits…

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Prolonged bottle feed increases obesity risk

Prolonged bottle feed increases obesity risk

Babies who are bottle-fed until the age of two are more likely to be obese when they start school, a US study suggests. Writing in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that children who were still regular bottle users at 24 months were 30% more likely to be obese aged five-and-a-half. They analysed data from nearly 7,000 children across the United States. Experts say bottle-feeding can make babies consume too many calories. The research found 22% of the two-year-olds studied…

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