Friday, January 10th, 2014
Babies whose parents feed them with a spoon may be more likely to become overweight and have a hard time identifying what being “full” feels like, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity. The findings support the technique known as “baby-led weaning,” in which babies are encouraged to feed themselves from a range of food choices. More from The Telegraph:
Scientists believe babies allowed to feed themselves during weaning are less likely to overeat and be overweight as toddlers.
Their study also revealed that spoon-fed children are more likely to be “fussy-eaters” than those left to their own device.
Dr Amy Brown, from Swansea University, said parents who spoon fed their children pureed foods created harmful eating habits which lead to childhood obesity.
She said: “Our study indicates that taking a baby-led approach to weaning may reduce a baby’s risk of being overweight as they are in control of their food intake.
“This results in the baby being better able to control his or her appetite which could have a long-term impact upon weight gain and eating style that may continue into childhood.
“There is increasing recognition of the role of feeding style during infancy upon how a child’s appetite and eating style develops.
“Allowing the child to regulate their own appetite and not pressurising them to eat more than they need is a really important step in encouraging children to develop healthy eating patterns for life.”
Find tasty finger food recipes your tot will love here.
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
A baby girl weighing 13 pounds 12 ounces was born this week in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania by Cesarean section, The Huffington Post is reporting. Addyson Gayle Cessna set a record at the hospital where she was born, and she joins a growing number of babies who are unusually large, including a boy born last March in England weighing more than 15 pounds. Experts warn, as The Huffington Post reports, that the phenomenon is more a concern than an amusing novelty:
While these big babies may be cute, just like their adult counterparts, notable weights often signal more serious health problems.
Mary Helen Black, a biostatistician with Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s department of research and evaluation explained to HuffPost in an interview last year, “There may be a general perception that, ‘Oh, the baby’s big, but so what?’ That’s a misperception.” She cautioned that babies who are born too large are at an increased risk “for very serious consequences both during delivery, for the mother and the infant, as well as later in life — for the infant.”
Known as “fetal macrosomia,” when a baby is born weighing more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces, this condition can be attributed to maternal obesity and diabetes, among other factors.
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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Although exclusive breastfeeding is recommended when medically possible, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that supplementing breast milk with formula will not compromise breastfeeding, and that in some cases formula may even help mothers to have successful breastfeeding experiences when their babies are losing weight. More from The New York Times:
Researchers randomly assigned 38 infants who had lost 5 percent or more of their weight in the days after birth to either breast-feeding alone (the controls), or breast-feeding along with a supplement of formula at the end of each session.
At 1 week of age, all were still breast-feeding, but 9 of 19 infants in the control group were now using formula, compared with only 2 in the group that had used formula at the start. By age 3 months, 79 percent of the early formula users were breastfeeding exclusively, compared with 42 percent of the controls.
The researchers emphasize that they used a careful procedure — small volumes of formula and careful administration with a syringe to prevent confusion between breast and bottle nipple.
“Most babies don’t need formula,” said the lead author, Dr. Valerie J. Flaherman, a pediatrician at the University of California, San
Francisco, Benioff Children’s Hospital. “But some kids are at risk for weight loss, and this could be an option.”
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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
On the premiere episode of Katie Couric’s new talk show Katie, singer and fashion designer Jessica Simpson revealed her post-baby body for the first time since she disclosed that she was struggling to lose pregnancy weight and seeking help from Weight Watchers–and is now a spokesperson for the company–to shed the pounds.
On the show, Simpson disclosed that she’s lost more than 40 pounds, and that she is 10 pounds from her pre-pregnancy weight. Simpson’s daughter Maxwell Drew was born May 1.
PEOPLE.com has more:
A new outlook on food has helped.
“The only fish I ever ate was a fish stick,” Simpson says, adding that she also loved chips, guacamole and queso. “Now I’m trying to eat fish.”
She adds, “I definitely don’t pick up the magazines. I definitely don’t Google my name. I try to avoid it completely. But I subconsciously know the talk is going on. Every day it’s a struggle for me. Weight Watchers is not intimidating. It’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle.”
Simpson, who admits she “put on more baby weight than I was planning,” isn’t ashamed of her former body.
“I have to separate myself from the world’s expectations,” she says. “I have to look inside myself. I want to be a role model.”
Image: Pregnant Jessica Simpson, via s_bukley / Shutterstock.com
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