According to research by the World Health Organization (WHO), babies who drink formula have a 25% higher risk of obesity than breastfed babies.
Specifically, the researchers followed 30,000 children in 16 European countries for a long time. The results showed that only breastfed babies were less likely to have weight problems growing up, while babies fed a combination of breast milk and formula had a 12% risk of obesity. , and infant formula-fed babies have a 25% risk of obesity.
Talking about why formula milk causes babies to gain more weight, researchers have explained that cow’s milk has a higher protein content, which activates the growth of fat cells. Since then, the WHO has called on mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies.
Dr Joao Breda, WHO’s head of the WHO’s European representative office for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, said governments must do more to promote exclusive breastfeeding. “Breastfeeding has a really powerful baby protective effect. The protective evidence is this research itself. This benefit should be widely disseminated to everyone,” said Dr. Joao.
In addition, Sue Ashmore – Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Child Friendly Initiative in the UK, agrees that breastfeeding is the first defense against obesity. Enlarged. She said: “In the UK, the rate of breastfeeding is among the lowest in the world, only 2 out of 10 mothers accept to breastfeed their babies, and only 1% of mothers are exclusive breastfeeding. Only with breast milk in the first 6 months without formula “.
Why should only breastfeed babies for at least the first 6 months of life?
In its Start4Life campaign, the National Health Service UK outlines the benefits babies will receive from exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months of the year. It is breast milk that will protect babies from infections, balanced nutrition and reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, leukemia, and allergies.
Besides, experts also state that breastfed babies are less likely to develop diabetes or obesity when they grow up. And mothers will reduce the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease.
Because of these benefits, WHO has recommended mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first 6 months of life, followed by formula feeding with breast milk until the baby is 2 years old.