Navigation Links
Breastfeeding duration and weaning diet may shape child's body composition
Date:5/28/2009

Chevy Chase, MDVariations in both milk feeding and in the weaning diet are linked to differences in growth and development, and they have independent influences on body composition in early childhood, according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

Previous studies suggest that the early environment may be a significant factor in childhood obesity. This study used dual x-ray absorptiometry to make direct measures of body composition in children at four years of age whose diets had been assessed when they were infants. The findings showed that children who had been breastfed longer had a lower fat mass which could not be explained by differences in family background or the child's height.

"Most studies linking infant feeding to later body composition focus on differences in milk feeding, but our study also considered the influence of the weaning diet," said Dr. Sin Robinson, PhD, of the MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre, University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and lead author of the study. "We found that, independent of the duration of breastfeeding, children with higher quality weaning diets including fruits, vegetables, and home-prepared foods had a greater lean mass at four years of age."

In this study, researchers assessed the diets of 536 children at six and 12 months of age. Diet was assessed using a food frequency questionnaire that was administered by trained research nurses to record the average frequency of consumption of specific foods. The age at which solid foods were introduced into the infant's diet was also recorded. In this study 'weaning' is defined as the period of transition in infancy between a diet based on milk feeding to one based on solid foods. The subjects' body composition was assessed at four years by dual X-ray absorptiometry.

"These findings are enlightening," said Professor Cyrus Cooper, Director of the MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre. "An influence of qualitative differences in the weaning diet on childhood body composition had not been described before."


'/>"/>

Contact: Aaron Lohr
alohr@endo-society.org
240-482-1380
The Endocrine Society
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Fast-food diet cancels out benefits of breastfeeding in preventing asthma
2. Facebook flack regarding breastfeeding mothers
3. Benefits of breastfeeding outweigh risk of infant exposure to environmental chemicals in breastmilk
4. Codeine not safe for all breastfeeding moms and their babies
5. New breastfeeding study shows most moms quit early
6. Early cessation of breastfeeding by HIV+ women in poor countries and child survival
7. Breastfeeding boost IQ in infants with helpful genetic variant
8. West Nile virus studies show how star-shaped brain cells cope with infection
9. Scripps research scientists watch as individual alpha-synuclein proteins change shape
10. RNA research strategy for Europe takes shape
11. Caltech and UCSD researchers shed light on how proteins find their shapes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/8/2017)... , Feb. 7, 2017 The ... largely by the confluence of organizations, desires to ... for knowledge-based systems (password and challenge questions), biometrics ... and government systems. The market is driven by ... demarcation between consumer and enterprise uses cases, with ...
(Date:2/7/2017)... York , February 7, 2017 ... ID Global Solutions Corporation [OTC: IDGS], ("Ipsidy" or the ... and electronic transaction processing services, is pleased to announce ... the Company. Effective January 31, 2017, ... Board of Directors, CEO and President.  An experienced payment ...
(Date:2/2/2017)...   TapImmune, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... the development of innovative peptide and gene-based immunotherapeutics ... metastatic disease, announced today it has successfully completed ... second clinical lot of TPIV 200, the company,s ... manufactured vaccine product will be used to supply ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/22/2017)... PARK, N.C., Feb. 22, 2017  United Therapeutics Corporation ... financial results for the fourth quarter and year ... financial results reflect continued growth as net revenues ... said Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D., United Therapeutics, Chairman and ... ability to develop and advance our growing product ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 21, 2017 , ... ... VTX-1 Liquid Biopsy System , a fully automated benchtop system for collecting ... The VTX-1 is being launched at the Molecular Medicine Tri Conference (Tri-Con) Annual ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... ... February 21, 2017 , ... ... its $200M operational capacity with its strategic internal leadership to provide clients ... quality and operational management. With office locations in North Carolina, Massachusetts, ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... 21, 2017  Lexus, a returning partner of the Amgen ... and exclusive automobile partner of the men,s and women,s events for ... The 2017 Amgen Tour of California will ... of the best professional cycling teams in the world racing from ... four-day Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease TM Women,s ...
Breaking Biology Technology: