Bottles make your kid fat?

Lady Heather - posted on 05/05/2011 ( 25 moms have responded )

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"When to wean a child from the bottle can be a tricky call for parents, but new research appears to support a decision of sooner rather than later.



Prolonged bottle use was associated with obesity at the age of 5½, according to the findings published Thursday in the Journal of Pediatrics.



The U.S. study used data on 6,750 youngsters born in 2001 from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort.



"We found that the children who were drinking from a bottle at two years of age were about 33 per cent more likely to be obese at 5 ½," said co-author Rachel Gooze, a doctoral student at the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University in Philadelphia.



"The other finding that rather surprised us was how common the practice of bottle use was at two years of age."



Twenty-two per cent of the children studied were still using a bottle as their primary drink container at the age of two and-or they were being put to bed with a bottle.



That's despite recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics that parents avoid putting their child to bed with a bottle to prevent tooth decay.



Almost 23 per cent of the prolonged bottle users were obese by the time they reached 5 ½ years old, even after the researchers took into account other factors such as the mother's weight, the child's birth weight and feeding practices in infancy.



The prevalence of obesity in the 5 ½-year-olds who were not bottle feeders at age two was 16 per cent."



http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2011...



Question mark - would the result be any different if you continued to feed the same amount of milk in a cup instead of a bottle? Isn't this just a problem of overfeeding? I was previously unaware that bottles themselves contained calories. Now I didn't feed bottles past 14 months (mostly out of my hatred for cleaning them - my daughter was rather indifferent about the whole thing), but I still don't see how they are as evil as claimed. And I think by focusing on the bottle we might tend to overlook the problem with the content of the diet. Parents need to know their toddlers don't need 5 cups of milk a day, no matter the cup.



I also loved this little gem:

"Sharma also mentioned that a child who is breastfeeding is in control and drinks until he's full, whereas control is with the parent when a child is bottle-fed. Even if the child is satisfied and pushes the bottle away, a caregiver might continue insisting that it be finished."



Fuck you Dr. fucking Sharma. Yes, bottle feeders just LOVE to forcefeed their kids. You do not want to know how many dollars worth of formula I dumped down the drain because my daughter was full.

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Sneaky - posted on 05/05/2011

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I'm wondering if the point they were trying to get to was that the majority of those kids were put to bed with a bottle (I am assuming milk or formula of course) . . . .I usually do not let my kids eat right before bed let alone let them eat IN bed. Maybe that is the link? Maybe I am believing an urban myth about not eating before sleep because your metabolism slows down?

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I would think the issue is letting toddlers run around with bottles of milk or juice all day because they're thirsty and bottles are comforting. They may be getting extra calories without that being the intention.

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Constance - posted on 05/06/2011

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I don't believe children that stay on the bottle untilthe age of 2 are at anymoe of an increase for obesity. I have four children and only one carried a bottle around until he was almost 3. I know after my kds turned a cetain age juice and water were the number one things I put n a cup or bottle. Then just the milk they needed. All my kid eat like they will neve eat again and still want more when there is nothing left. None of my kids are obese in any aspect of the word. My oldest daughter just hit 132 LBS she is 15 and still a 00. My oldest son is 10 and 108LBS but he is built like my Grandfathers they both stood 6'6 and weight around 300 LBS. Then my youngest 7and 6 weight about 55 LBS. They all eat very healthy and are very active. But my sister's son is 7 and he is about 110LBS. I kow she isn't feeding him junk beacause I cook and shop for all of their meals. He just happens to be a really big kids.
But as far as doctors putting out new information about bottles causeing an increase in obesity is just another way for them to scare the crap out of parents. If a child was only drinking from a bottle at age 2 then the information would be more accurate but that isn't really all they ingest. They are eating solid foods as well. So unless they had a controled group of what they ate that they doctors allowed and then a group that parents chose to feed their children. And kept a food journal of what, where, when, and how much then that study really hasno basis. Except to freak out parents that haven't broken their baby from the bottle.

Jack - posted on 05/06/2011

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That is not true about the caregivers force feeding to finish the bottle. I have dumped so much formula out bc she was full. I feel guilty dumping it bc we are on a budget but she knows when she is full. She will get cranky if you try and give her more.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/06/2011

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I guess compared to some other mammals it's pretty low fat, but it's comparable to cow's milk in that way.

Jodi - posted on 05/06/2011

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Bonnie, breastmilk has plenty of fat in it. It's good fat, but still fat. Babies need fats. It's super important. As long as it is the RIGHT fat.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/06/2011

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It does have a little bit of fat actually, but that is no matter. It still has calories. You don't only get fat from actual fat or we'd all be able to eat sugary candy to our heart's content. Mmm...sugary candy.

Still I would think it would be somewhat harder to feed too much breastmilk because the kid can't see it so there isn't that portion distortion thing. I don't think that affects small babies at all, but as a toddler my daughter would happily drink an 8 oz bottle of milk 4 times a day if I gave it to her.

Charlie - posted on 05/06/2011

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So it makes no mention of breastmilk or formula ...does breastmilk in a bottle also make you fat .

This is sill , food makes you fat , inactivity makes you fat .

Sal - posted on 05/05/2011

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yes i saw the breast thing in the story but i don;t buy it, unneeded is unneeded, wether it is breast milk, milk, apples or lollies all surplus calories are still surplus

Sal - posted on 05/05/2011

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i had trouble getting the bottle off no 3 (but she was only 2 1/2 when it was gone for good) and she did get extra calories from it, but she regulated herself, she would then (and still) rather drink than eat her calories, she wouldnt eat much at all then have a bottle for bed, it was a frustrating cycle to be in but she was the skinniest of any of my kids at that age and still is the skinniest, so i'll let you know in 2 years if she still is at 5.......the others were all gone by 2, and can i ask why breat milk isn;t counted as extra calories in this if a child is 3 or 4 having breast feeds still at night (or other times depending on mums enthusiasm) isn;'t that still un needed intake....

Jodi - posted on 05/05/2011

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Well, my daughter had bottles until she was about 3 (by then, it was a small one in the morning and another small one in the evening), and when they did her kindy screening at 5 1/2, she came up with a BMI of 13.5, so she was considered underweight.

I don't think this has ANYTHING to do with bottles, and much more to do with parenting practices. I KNOW it says the study too this into consideration, and I haven't actually read the full thing yet because I'm waiting for a quiet moment, but I'm willing to bet there are some contributing variables they didn't consider.

Stifler's - posted on 05/05/2011

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Yes the juice. My mother in law has been feeding my poor kid juice and milk with sugar and vanilla in it!!! I'm like WHY WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO TO MY KID and she's all like "what?" as if this is normal or some shit. Then goes and blames um flouride in the water for her kids bad teeth.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/05/2011

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I should add that bitchy hormonal pregnant Heather is feeling extra judgey tonight.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/05/2011

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I think it's just a case of some of the parents being too stupid to know how much milk their kid actually needs (or giving masses of juice). Some parents are just dumb about this stuff. And 8oz bottles are waaaay too big for a single serving for a 1-2 year old. The stupid parents probably just fill it up and possibly send the kids to bed with it, while the majority who aren't stupid feed a normal amount and no problems occur.

I drink milk or eat a small snack before bed every night and it's never made me anything more than a nice healthy weight. If I don't I wake up super early and super hungry. I don't buy that whole don't eat before bed thing. The reason it works I think is a lot of people tend to get snacky in the evening. So if you make cut off time you inevitably reduce your snacking.

Stifler's - posted on 05/05/2011

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I'm thinking it's more the people whose kids run around all day holding a bottle of milk instead of water. Milk has the same amount of calories whether it's in a cup or bottle or sippy cup.

Amber - posted on 05/05/2011

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I know :) I was just thinking out loud...or rather thinking with my hands?

Amber - posted on 05/05/2011

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Yes, but they are saying these kids were given bottles until 2yrs old. The tests they did are on 5-1/2 year old kids. And they are claiming a link between the extra calories at two and obesity at five.



And if it's an issue of extra calories, they should address it as that. You can give a toddler water in a bottle, that's not extra calories. So, bottles aren't to blame, portion size is.



*Edited to add*

We stopped bottles around a year and switched to sippy cups. But I would assume that carrying around a sippy cup would be the same as a bottle wouldn't it?

We just made sure to give him water since he liked to drink small amounts all day.

Tinker1987 - posted on 05/05/2011

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what a load of crap. when my son is full he whips the bottle out of his way,ive dumped many ounces of formula out!!

Amber - posted on 05/05/2011

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Hmmm....I would assume that it probably has MUCH more to do with diet than anything else. It says that they only looked at feeding practices in infancy. I would like to see what the feeding practices are for toddlers and young children.
If diets and portion sizes were the exact same in bf and bottle fed kids, then they could make a conclusion. Until then, they're probably just grasping at straws...

Sal - posted on 05/05/2011

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lots of things make kids fat, but i think we should be looking more to the portion size of anything, and the junk aspect, blaming one thing (that seems to be pretty demonised anyway quiet unfairly) isn't really adressing the issue, i have this debate with my husband all the time, he thinks that the kids can eat fruit when ever they ask for it, i don;t, it is still un needed food if they have had good meals and snacks during the day they don't need extra anything, not not lollies, chips, cakes biscuites friut or milk....

Tawny - posted on 05/05/2011

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hmmmm well I couldn't breastfeed my first child and he was bottle fed and he is a skinny, tall 4 year old .... it is just another person out there who likes to think they are better or smarter than everyone...

Lady Heather - posted on 05/05/2011

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I think it is probably pretty easy to overfeed a toddler with milk because it doesn't fill them up like formula does in the baby days, but still - just don't feed them too much! Put it in a bottle, a sippy, a mug, a dog's dish, the bath tub. Still the same calories. And the going to bed thing is obviously bad for the teeth. But I disagree with this doctor. I love a warm mug of milk before bed. It is relaxing. And my daughter loves hers. We just brush her teeth after.

Bonnie - posted on 05/05/2011

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Yeah i'm not sure if I can believe any of this. Bottle, breast, cup, it's all the same. If a child is hungry they are going to eat more no matter how it is presented to them. Of course formula has fat and breast milk doesn't, but still.

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