Breastfeeding and decreased risk for childhood obesity

Aspri Sulanto, Setya Wandita, Madarina Julia
2012 Paediatrica Indonesiana  
Breast milk promotes infant growth and appropriate weight gain, minimizing the risk for malnutrition, and possibly for obesity. Objective To determine the influence of infant breastfeeding practices on the risk for obesity in children aged 6 to 8 years. Methods We conducted a case-control study comparing breastfeeding practices between obese and non-obese children. Subjects were selected from two elementary schools in Yogyakarta. gender to the case subjects. Subjects' mothers filled
more » ... filled questionnaires on their breastfeeding practices. Results We recruited 68 pairs of obese and non-obese subjects, duration of breastfeeding in the obese group was shorter than had significantly higher odds for obesity compared to that of feeding. The risk for obesity also declined with longer durations of breastfeeding. Conclusion of breastfeeding lowered the risk for childhood obesity in children aged 6-8 years. [Paediatr Indones. 2012;52:1-5]. Aspri Sulanto et al: Breastfeeding and decreased risk for childhood obesity 2
doi:10.14238/pi53.1.2012.01 fatcat:4p34zsr3hjetzngpomoy4sr2fu