Formula feeding and obesity: A big fat lie

Riddle me this, FFFs.

There are a myriad of benefits attributed to breastfeeding; some which are backed by stronger science than others. Since all of these studies are observational and can’t control for every conceivable confounder, we need to look at “reviews” or metastudies to see if the same finding is being confirmed in a variety of good-quality studies. For certain benefits – like a decrease in ear infections and gastrointestinal infections – we’ve seen enough evidence to justify touting these advantages. So I honestly have no problem with people claiming that breastfeeding protects against these two childhood health threats.

But one of the least definitive claims in breastfeeding science is that breastfeeding protects against childhood obesity – or, more to the point, that formula feeding increases the chance of obesity. In fact, a

Suzanne Barston is a blogger and author of BOTTLED UP. Fearless Formula Feeder is a blog – and community – dedicated to infant feeding choice, and committed to providing non-judgmental support for all new parents. It exists to protect women from misleading or misrepresented “facts”; essentialist ideals about what mothers should think, feel, or do; government and health authorities who form policy statements based on ambivalent research; and the insidious beast known as Internetus Trolliamus, Mommy Blog Varietal.

Suzanne Barston – who has written posts on Fearless Formula Feeder.


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