Research into baby feeding in the US has found that babies who are allowed to sleep with a bottle are 30% more likely to be classed as obese by the time they reach two-years old. The study, carried out at Utah’s Brigham Young University, involved 8000 mothers and their babies, who were both breast-fed and bottle-fed.
As well as risking early obesity through being allowed to sleep with a bottle, it was also found that those babies who were introduced to solid foods before the age of four months faced a 40% higher chance of being overweight by the time they entered toddlerhood.
“The takeaway here,” explained research leader Ben Gibbs, a sociology professor at Brigham Young, “is that the habits we adopt early for our babies matter later in life.”
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