Overeating While Breastfeeding Increases Baby's Risk of Obesity
Breastmilk is the best food for babies and should be exclusive until the six months. The benefits of breastfeeding, such as better immunity, for example, show throughout the child's life. However, American research has found that when the mother does not have a healthy and moderate diet during breastfeeding, the risk of obesity, diabetes, precocious puberty and reduced fertility is increased.
The research was done with guinea pigs at the University of Toledo, Ohio. The researchers divided rats into two groups. In one, the animals were fed fatty foods from the day they gave birth until weaning. In the other, they followed a regular diet.
Among the offspring of those who had an overly greasy diet, the prevalence of obesity and precocious puberty was higher than in the other group. The conclusion is that the breastfeeding phase is a critical time to influence when puberty will occur. "Our findings reinforce findings from earlier studies that found that childhood obesity caused early puberty and other metabolic diseases in adulthood "explains Mengjie Wang to the ENDO 2018 congress site, where the survey was presented.
The results showed the difference in maternal behavior in the hippocampus of children. Hippocampal growth is associated with healthier emotional development as children move to adolescence. This area of the brain is responsible for memory, learning, and control of emotions. Research indicates that parental love can help children do better in school, deal more easily with adulthood, and be healthier.
This is not the first time that science researches the social relations between siblings. A study by the University of Michigan found that children who earn a brother between two and four years of age are less likely to become obese by age 6. According to the study, one reason is that parents would make better food choices for their children when their younger sibling is born.