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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: Recently, 2 articles in JAMA came to different conclusions about the effects of breastfeeding on the development of overweight. The first, by Dr Hediger and colleagues,1 found no statistically significant relationship in a sample of children aged 3 to 5 years; the second, by Dr Gillman and colleagues,2 found benefits of ever having been breastfed and for increased duration of breastfeeding in a larger sample of children aged 9 to 14 years. Dr Dietz, in an Editorial, suggested that the association may remain latent in early childhood, and only appear at a later point in development.3

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