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Thursday, 2 May 2019

According to a WHO study, breastfed Babies Are Less Prone To Obesity

The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for babies during the first six months of life.

European Congress on Obesity, the World Health Organization study reveals that breastfed babies are less likely to become obese than those fed on milk powder. Coordinated by the National Institute of Health Ricardo Jorge from Portugal, the study covers 16 European countries and was conducted from the analysis of a sample of 30,000 children aged between 6 and 9 years.
The results of the study are unequivocal and establish the link between the duration of breastfeeding of babies and its protective nature against obesity. Thus, the risk of being obese increases by 12% for a baby who has been breastfed less than 6 months, and up to 22% for an infant who has never been breastfed.

Figures that should encourage health authorities to "encourage breastfeeding", even as many European countries struggle to fight against childhood obesity despite prevention policies.

Better training of health professionals, stricter management of milk powder manufacturers' marketing, and more protective legislation for breastfeeding mothers are all paths to follow, according to the authors of the study, to encourage breastfeeding.

A practice that affects only 26.4% of women in France and only 22.6% in Ireland, taking into account exclusive breastfeeding and mixed breastfeeding

The goal of the international organization is to reach at least 50% of children in exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months by 2025.

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