Tara - posted on 12/22/2010 ( 71 moms have responded )
"...Research on breastfeeding and obesity can seem contradictory. Several confounding variables influence body weight in children and many possible factors may contribute to overweight/obesity prevention. However, a growing body of research suggests that breastfeeding has a significant impact on reducing overweight/obesity from infancy to adulthood. A dose-response relationship has been documented that demonstrates that the longer an infant is breastfed, the lower the risk he/she has of being overweight and obese as he/she matures. Breastfed babies have significantly lower rates of fat compared to formula-fed babies at one year of age, and breastfeeding offers protection from future obesity (Dewey et al. 1993; Kramer et al. 1985). At five to six years of age, children who were never breastfed had obesity rates of 4.5 percent compared to obesity rates of 0.8 percent for children who were breastfed for more than 12 months (von Kries et al. 1999). When children reached nine to 12 years of age, those who were breastfed for the first six months of their lives had overweight rates that were 22 percent lower than infants who were not breastfed. Children and early adolescents who were breastfed for longer than six months had even lower rates of overweight and obesity (Gillman et al. 2001). At 18 years old, young adults who were exclusively breastfed for three months or longer were significantly leaner and had less body fat (Tulldahl et al. 1999). Breastfed infants learn to control the amount of human milk and calories they consume better than bottle-fed infants, who are often forced to continue feeding and finish a bottle after they are satisfied. Energy-dense infant formulas may stimulate the endocrine system to secrete more insulin and growth factor than human milk does, which leads to increased rates of body fat in formula-fed babies (Hediger et al. 2001)..."
This from the LLL site,
this is the whole article
Second link is the full scholarly article, the first link just makes it all easier to understand!!
not a debate, just putting the info out for those who wanted to see it.