Bottle feeding Can Cause Obesity

Bottle feeding Can Cause Obesity

Bottle feeding Can Cause Obesity Do you know why some babies suffer with excess weight? It is due to the prolonged use of bottle-feeding, says a study by scientists from Temple University, USA. Childhood obesity is considered as a new epidemic of the time by the World Health Organization and has become a public health problem.

Bottle-feeding can cause obesity

When fed with a bottle, the baby gets used to consuming more calories than the body needs, causing excess weight as early as the first year of life. Due to the,  prolonged  use of bottle up to two years, parents are getting used to it and  the baby consume a large amount of calories daily.



According to the study a child who consumes three bottles of 240 milliliters of whole milk is consuming 12% more daily calories needed. Therefore, doctors suggest that the time for the babies to drop out the feeding bottles is when your baby is about a year old.

The “bottle effect” as it was called, may be one reason for the association between breastfeeding and lower risk of childhood obesity. In more recent research on the effect of breastfeeding on weight gain, the focus has been on the components of breast milk, such as leptin and adiponectin, which help regulate appetite and metabolism.



But new findings suggest that the form of small food also matters in that direction. The physicians and pediatricians can influence parents to decide what time your children must leave the bottle feed, helping to prevent early tooth decay, obesity and iron deficiency in the body.

Dangers caused due to bottle feeding

Just five minutes of advice about the dangers that prolonged use of bottle-feeding can bring results in a drop of 60% in the number of babies who continue to use the bottle up to two years old.

Doctor’s always give advice to stop using a bottle on the first birthday of the baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the bottle use can be continued until a maximum of 15 months, but many parents and doctors are not aware of this. Many continue to feed their children with bottles till three to four years.



According to the survey, if parents make their children stop using a bottle after talking to there doctor, the advice works. This shows that health professionals can influence the behavior of children before they develop bad habits that would follow throughout their lives.

About 86% of parents who continue to bottle feed their children after two years say they do not make the transition to the glass because the children prefer the bottle. “When the children complete two years, it becomes very difficult for parents to do this change. This needs to happen when the child is younger, and their behavior has changed more easily.

Pacifier –a different version of bottle feeding

The word PACIFIER is used as synonymous (with controversy) in place of BOTTLE FEEDING. Many beliefs are involved in the use of this accessory, as it could strengthen the muscles of the mouth of the baby, soothe them and to “teach” the better to suck the breast. They became something cultural- the dolls come with teats and some just stop crying if the piece of plastic is embedded in there mouth.

Side effects of soothers or pacifiers:

This accessory is absolutely inadvisable. “For centuries babies have lived and lived well without pacifiers. Something that is not natural, can not do well with children,” says the doctor. A major problem is given to the mother, the sucking action required to get the pacifier is different from the movement to suck the breast.

This can cause a “confusion of beak” in which the baby sucking the breast ends up incorrectly, may cause cracks within and even at the risk of withdrawing less milk than they need. “Many mothers come to the clinics said they think their milk is weak and that the baby lives hungry when in fact it is sucking the milk inappropriately,” says the expert.

Moreover, the act of sucking a pacifier may make the child swallow more air, causing gas and cramps , or an infection due to germs in the pacifier. “There are even studies showing that plastic pacifiers could increase the chances of cancer,” added the doctor.

Another negative factor is the orthodontic problems that pacifiers can cause: the dental arch closes, the rise in the palate (pushed by the nozzle), or the teeth are open, dry mouth, due to the constant input of air, thus facilitating onset of decay and the air that enters the mouth contains more impurities as it is not filtered as that which enters the nose, which can cause laryngitis, rhinitis or sinusitis. The movements of the teeth can also cause problems with speech.

It is believed that the pacifier calms the baby. This is absolutely a myth, according to the pediatrician. “The baby stops crying because he is busy with sucking, but many things calmed down, such as candy, so it is not  that parents can offer babies chocolates and candies all the time,”

What precautions should be taken?

What is the output for the practice hours of uncontrollable crying or tantrums? There is no practical solution, babies require maximum attention and care not a standard like “crying? Give pacifiers that are better!” says the pediatrician. In complicated cases of colic, it is worth trying to change the position where the baby is lying down or doing the exercise to move his legs in a bicycle motion.

The bottle can bring the same loss, so soon after you stop breastfeeding your child (ideally at around two years) parents should give the glass, instead of bottles. Many parents give the pacifier when the baby is addicted to sucking their thumb.

As compared “Between the finger and pacifier, it is best to leave the child with their finger, not because it brings so many orthodontic complications and infections,” said the expert of SBP. If the child does not want to release the finger let them to take it, because they are not getting addictive to it and not to engage the suction mechanism.

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Ruchi Thukral