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September 26, 2001

Breastfeeding and Risk of Overweight—Reply

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

In Reply: We thank Dr Poulton and Ms Williams for contributing their longitudinal perspective from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study to the controversy about the association between breastfeeding and risk of overweight, and appreciate their extending the range of such studies into adulthood. However, although they purport to find a preventive effect of breastfeeding for 6 months or more on risk of overweight in late childhood (ages 9 and 11 years) and adolescence (ages 13 and 15 years), their results are really not consistent with this conclusion.

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