Bottle Feeding After 18 Months Encourages Obesity

New research reported in the Journal of Pediatrics notes that bottle-feeding your baby beyond 12 to 18 months of age,...
New research reported in the Journal of Pediatrics notes that bottle-feeding your baby beyond 12 to 18 months of age, may increase the risk of your child becoming obese as an adult. baby bottles, best sippy, sippy cup, sippy cup use, switch to a sippy cup, baby formula, Baby health, Baby nutrition, Benefits of bottle feeding, bottle feeding, breast milk, breast milk or formula, breast or bottle, breastfed babies, Breastfeeding, teach a baby to drink While many parents allow their kids to use a bottle well past 18 months, usually because it comforts the child, prolonged bottle feeding isn't a great idea. As this research notes, toddlers being allowed to walk around with a bottle may result in a child who is taking in nutrients and calories, not for actual nourishment, but for other reasons such as relaxation provided by sucking on the bottle. Co-author on this study, Keith Ayoob, tells Medical News Today:
"Unfortunately that has consequences: they (parents) get in the habit of giving the bottle or giving food to manage children's behavior. It sets up a dynamic of the kids getting food for reasons that have much less to do with hunger or appetite than behavior issues."
While childhood and adult obesity should be a major concern of parents everywhere, there are other reasons why bottle feeding after the toddler stage is a bad idea. For example, prolonged bottle feeding is also connected with baby bottle tooth decay and other dental problems. Learn how to successfully wean your baby off his bottle. + Source Photo © Flickr user Elizabeth/Table4Five

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