In many ways, Mother’s Milk seems almost miraculous.
It is a nearly perfect food. It is nutritionally complete. It passes important substances that fight infection to the baby. And it helps create the special emotional bond that ties the baby to its mother.
But – contrary to what many would like to believe – it does not keep your baby from getting fat, a conclusion reached after a six year study that followed more than 13,000 children.
The same outcome came in a study of 17,000 infants and their mothers, from infancy to age 11. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that breast feeding did not prevent them from becoming overweight or obese.
The researchers did conclude that breast milk offers manifold advantages.
But mothers – and fathers – also need to set good examples for their children, by encouraging exercise, activity, and healthy eating habits.