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Infant weight gain linked to type of formula feeds

The kind of formula milk for babies impacts their weight gain and their future risk of developing obesity, diabetes and other diseases.

Infant weight gain linked to type of formula feeds

The kind of formula milk for babies impacts their weight gain and their future risk of developing obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
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It is already known that formula-fed babies gain more weight than breast-fed babies. But what is not known is whether or not this was true for all types of formula milk.

Researchers assigned 2-weeks-old bottle-fed babies to either take a formula based on cow's milk (35 babies) or a protein hydrolysate-based formula (24 babies) in America. The infants drank the formula for seven months. Both types of milk had the same amount of calories but the cow's milk-based formula had less protein.


It was found that those who drank the cow's milk-based formula gained weight faster, more than babies typically do on breast milk. One of the reasons the protein hydrolysate infants had similar growth patterns to breast-fed infants, who are the gold standard, is that they consumed less formula during a feed as compared to infants fed cow's milk formula, the researchers concluded.
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