Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Parenting - Early Signs of Obesity "What to do: Breastfeed, if you can. "It reduces the risk of fatness in a child," says Tufts University nutrition professor Susan Roberts, Ph.D., coauthor of Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health. "Breastfeeding lets an infant regulate how much he eats, and the milk itself may help control appetite." Doctors advise nursing for a year." [OK, so it's not perfect - doctors advise nursing for *at least* a year. But still, it's nice to see a mainstream parenting magazine making the link between childhood obesity and infant formula. - JC]
Yellow Baby Caution The American Academy of Pediatrics is currently rewriting guidelines for pediatricians with regard to jaundice. Breastfeeding is considered a risk factor. Why breastfeeding? Shouldn't the risk factor be decreased fluid intake? I hope the AAP handles this better than their recent kerfuffle over allowing Ross Pediatrics to place thier logo on the front of their newest breastfeeding book.