Breast­feed­ing bet­ter for ba­bies’ weight than pumped breast milk

Living and Loving - - PREGNANCY & BIRTH -

Ac­cord­ing to a new study pub­lished in the jour­nal Pe­di­atrics, breast milk in a bot­tle doesn’t have the same ben­e­fits as breast milk di­rectly from the breast when it comes to healthy in­fant weight gain.

In the study, breast­feed­ing was as­so­ci­ated with lower

BMI and a lower risk of rapid weight gain. This ben­e­fit got stronger with longer and more ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing. The re­sults of the study showed that the ben­e­fit of breast milk di­min­ished when ba­bies were fed pumped milk from bot­tles.

Study au­thor and re­search sci­en­tist at the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Re­search In­sti­tute of Man­i­toba, Dr Meghan

Azad, said there are a few pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tions for this dif­fer­ence. One is that some of the good­ness (en­zymes, hor­mones, an­ti­bod­ies) might be­come in­ac­tive when breast milk is frozen. The sec­ond could be that a breast­fed baby will self-reg­u­late and stop eat­ing when he is full, but bot­tle-feed­ing moms tend to urge their baby to fin­ish the bot­tle, lead­ing the baby to be overfed and un­able to learn self-reg­u­la­tion. How­ever, more re­search is needed on the topic.

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