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.
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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