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Health Agencies Update
April 16, 2003

Obesity and Breastfeeding

JAMA. 2003;289(15):1915. doi:10.1001/jama.289.15.1915-a

A large study of low-income mothers has confirmed that those who are obese before pregnancy tend to breastfeed less than slimmer mothers (Am J Clin Nutr. 2003;77:931-936).

While noting that the average difference in duration of breastfeeding was "not large," the study's authors, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), write that the increasing prevalence of obesity and the known benefits of breastfeeding herald the significance of the findings.