CDC Report: Breastfed Babies Become Healthier Eaters by Age 6

A new report from researchers at the U.S Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that children who were breastfed for longer periods as infants tend to eat more healthier by the age of 6.

The research provides insight into reducing childhood obesity rates, which have more than doubled in the last 30 years.

According to ABC News, researchers surveyed more than 1,500 mothers and concluded that parents who exclusively breastfed for longer periods and introduced nutritiously rich foods  between 6 months and a year of age tend to enjoy healthier eating habits—water, fruits and vegetables.

Seeing these relationships between early feeding and later health really emphasizes the importance of following the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics,” states Kelly Scanlon, a CDC researcher who authored the study. The AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to six months, and continuously breastfeeding until a year of age, introducing healthy foods at 6 months.

Scanlon also states that studies have shown t that breastfeeding exposed children to a variety of flavors. Making them more accepting to different foods over formula-fed children. 

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New Philly Law Mandates More Employer Support for Breastfeeding Moms

A new law in Philadelphia helps create more supportive workplace environments for mothers who choose to breastfed.

On September 3rd, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter passed a city council bill, amending Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance and making it illegal “for any employer to fail to reasonably accommodate an individual’s need to express breast milk.” The bill became effective immediately. 

Under City Council Bill 130992, the amendment, covers all employers with employees in the City of Philadelphia. 

The Mayor’s announcement follows other recent efforts to improve breastfeeding support and therefore infant health outcomes in the Philadelphia area. For example, The First Food, Good Food Project by Common Market in Philadelphia, set out to better understand the influences of decision making for infant feeding options and personal eating habits. The pilot project, based in the Strawberry Mansion used on-the-ground community surveying and focus groups to better understand community influences and sentiment toward infant feeding and adult feeding options. Watch this video about the First Food/Good Food Project.  

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Breastfeeding Helps Obese Women Lose More Post Pregnancy

Losing weight can be challenging for most women, especially after giving birth. But, new research shows that obese mothers tend to lose more weight post-pregnancy when they breastfeed

In the new study, led by Andrea Sharma from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found that obese women who breastfed for at least 4 months were more likely to lose the pregnancy weight than women who didn’t at all when they followed the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) breastfeeding recommendations of six months of exclusive breastfeeding. The participants weighed 18 pounds less then obese mothers who did not nurse.

According to Medical Daily, the study involved data from 726 women, taken between 2007 and 2007. Researchers compared data from their last trimester until six years after giving birth. The AAP recommends that women exclusively breastfeed for six months and continue breastfeeding for up to 12 months while feeding other baby food.

Out of all the participants, only 29 percent breastfed for the four months, and eighteen percent didn’t at all. While 20 percent breastfed up to a year.

Researchers wrote “This study suggest that improving adherence to breastfeeding may help reduce long-term weight retention among obese mothers. “

Pre-Existing Conditions Impact Breastfeeding: Study Shows Women Entering Pregnancy in Poor Health Less Likely to Nurse

While much focus has been given to increasing breastfeeding education during the prenatal period, a new study suggests that how women enter pregnancy may be a stronger influencing factor. A new study from the University of Minnesota  School of Public Health showed that one-third of women entering pregnancy are in poor health and thirty percent less like to breastfeeding than someone without pre-existing conditions. And if they do, they often prematurely discontinue.

 

This new study  looked at 2,400 women who had given birth between 2011 and 2012. A third of the women participating suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure or was obese.

 

Dr. Katy Kozhimannil, lead author of the study and assistant professor in the School of Public Health, states “We also looked at statistically who are these women, and we found they were likely to be non-white, more likely to be low-income, to have lower education, unmarried and without a partner, and receiving public health insurance.”

 

Kozhimannil says she hopes the study’s findings will encourage the medical community to work harder to support pregnant women with challenges and “simple counseling women to breastfeed is not enough.”

 

“Telling women that it’s good for them and their babies is not enough, without adequate support as well. There might be special support that women with complex pregnancies need,”  says Kozhimannil.

Connecting the First Food and Good Food Movements in Philadelphia

Good nutrition starts at birth. And the most healthful first food for infants is breastmilk. So instead of looking at infant feeding and early childhood and adult feeding as two separate agendas an innovative project in Philly sought to take a live course perspective to food—from your very first intake after birth through your adult years.

The First Food / Good Food Project by Common Market, a Philly based, non-profit food distributing organization in the Mid-Atlantic region, founded by Tatiana Garcia-Granados,and Haile Johnston, used this framework and then sought to identify and understand the key influencers for food decisions from how we feed our babies to how we feed ourselves.

Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The First Food/Good Food Project reflects the work of Christiaan Morssink, MPH, PhD, Adjunct Professor in Public Health Policy & Administration at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Natisha Muhammad, MPH, who served as the Research Coordinator. Kimberly Seals Allers, served as the Project Director, bringing her previous work using community assessment models to explore the concept of a “first food desert” to this project.

The findings will enlighten you. To read the full report click here: