Solid Foods and Weight Gain


March 6, 2018 by: Pediatrics for Parents staff Article Tags: ,

The Question: Does the age of solid food introduction into a baby’s diet affect the risks of developing obesity?

The Study: The Ohio researchers analyzed feeding patterns of 438 infants, looking at duration of breast feeding, age at solid food introduction, and weight.

The Results: They found that the longer breast feeding was the sole nutrition source, the later solid foods were introduced into the infant’s diet. For each additional month of breast feeding, the introduction of solids was delayed by one day on average. A longer period of breast feeding, regardless of when solids were introduced, was associated with slower weight gain. They found no association between the age of introduction of solids and weight gain.

Comment: Once again, the importance of breast feeding has been demonstrated. And the longer, the better.

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