Mar 12, 2013 12:25 PM by Michael Handler; KSBY News

Breastfeeding might not prevent obesity

Breastfeeding has been shown to offer babies plenty of health benefits, but preventing obesity might not be one of them.

Researchers followed 14,000 mothers in Belarus. Half of the mothers were assigned to a program that encouraged breastfeeding. The long-term goal was to see if prolonged nursing would reduce the risk for childhood obesity.

The program was successful in that moms in the program nursed their children much longer than other mothers.

When researchers followed up with the families when the kids were 11, they found no link between breastfeeding duration and weight.



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