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September 26, 2001

Breastfeeding and Risk of Overweight

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(12):1448-1450. doi:10.1001/jama.286.12.1447

To the Editor: Dr Gillman and colleagues1 reported that infants who were fed more breast milk than infant formula, or who were breastfed for longer periods, had a lower risk of being overweight during older childhood and adolescence. Although only a small percentage of cases of obesity may be preventable by breastfeeding, understanding the mechanism by which breastfeeding may protect against excess intake could help to slow the rising prevalence of obesity. What is the mechanism by which breastfed infants monitor intake of milk initially and that of other foods later?

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