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Did you see the article about breastfeeding and weight on the front page of MDC?<br><a href="http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=76055" target="_blank">http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=76055</a><br><br>
Since DH and I both have weight problems, I was happy to think that nursing might help DD avoid a weight problem. I just hope the conclusion in this article is wrong, because she was one of the chubbiest babies I've ever seen. And it was 100% mama's milk! Wisdom at the time (5 years ago) was that there's no such thing as an overweight exclusively bf baby - I hope that turns out to be true.
 

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As I understand bm makes bigger fat cells. Formula makes for more fat cells.<br><br>
Once a person has fat cell you cant get rid of them.<br><br>
So its better to have fewer fat cells than more fat cells<br><br>
I hope this makes sense. My brain is shot with pregnancy.
 

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I think the article causes concern because it says that "breastfed babies gained less during the first year of life", as though having a breastfed baby who gained well is bad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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You may find this thread reassuring, <b>especially the links in post number 21.</b><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=663135" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=663135</a><br><br>
This<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=659996&highlight=baby+food+hormones" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...+food+hormones</a><br>
contradicts the article you are concerned about.
 

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Also remember that bfing helps a baby keep in touch with their hunger and fullness cues. They eat until they are satisfied. It is important to continue minding these cues throughout childhood, as well as getting plenty of exercise. I think there are three major things that are really making childhood obesity skyrocket:<br><br>
1) The Clean Plate Club: Remember the whole "there are children starving in [insert country here], so eat all your food!"? This forcing children to finish every bite on their plate makes them override their natural hunger and fullness cues, making them eat more, thus gaining more weight. FF falls under here as well, as parents tend to nudge those expensive last drops into a little baby.<br><br>
2) The "I'm too busy to cook" syndrome: People nowadays seem to have "less time" so resort to horrific packaged foods like lunchables, Fruity Pebbles and Banquet TV dinners, or fast foods like ......McDonalds (shudder). While I think Dr. Mercola is a little fruity in the head at times, I think he is right on the money when he says that if you want to preserve your health, you need to cook more at home. You really have no clue what they put in fast foods, and the laundry list of ingredients on packaged foods is disgusting, especially on foods directed for children, like Lunchables and Spiderman cereal. Yuk!<br><br>
3)The 3 R's, Reading, 'Riting and 'Rithmatic: Schools today, and have for years, been faced with budget cuts, as well as with ridiculous "accountability" laws (like the No Child Left Behind crap) that require more and more standarized testings. So where do the cuts begin? In the "nonacademic classes", that's right, art, music, and PE. With PE time being cut out of more schools, coupled with vending machines selling soda and chips, and school cafeterias selling pizza and fries, it's no wonder that kids are supersized these days. Kids are bombarded with this everyday, and unless they have ironclad eating habits, they fall for it.
 
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