Date Posted: 10-31-2013
Once a mother decides to bottle feed her baby, it will be difficult to go back to breastfeeding. Photo courtesy of Salamat Dok

MANILA, Philippines— As convenient as bottle feeding infants can be, there are certain health hazards that it may bring.

After a few months, if not as soon as after giving birth, some mothers start working again, not having ample time to produce milk for their new born babies.

Breastfeeding requires time and patience, but due to lack of time, some if not most mothers result to bottle feeding their little ones.

According to the National Health Service (NHS), babies who are bottle fed are more likely to develop certain illnesses such as diarrhea or chest, ear and urine infection.

Financially speaking, bottle feeding can also be more expensive than breast feeding.

Once a mother decides to bottle feed her baby, it will be difficult to go back to breastfeeding.

NHS also stressed that in some studies, bottle fed babies was found to have an increased risk of obesity.

Bottle-feeding linked to obesity in infants?

A study by Reuters linked obesity in infants who were bottle fed.

According to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, babies who are still bottle fed at the age of two were one-third more likely to become obese at the age of five.

Weaning, or gradually introducing to your babies the transition from breast milk to other sources of nourishment, can help children prevent excessive weight gain by the time they reach kindergarten.

Researchers say weaning babies on their first birthday can help halt excessive weight gain.

According to Rachel Gooze, a doctoral candidate in public health at Temple University, prolonged bottle use was associated with obesity at 5.5 years of age.

"Avoiding this behavior may help prevent early childhood obesity," she adds.

For health experts, specifically pediatricians, extended bottle-feeding, especially overnight, can boost the risk of excessive teeth cavities and iron deficiency.

The case study of Gooze and her colleagues researched that out of 6,750 children they observed, 1 in 5 was still using a bottle at the age of 2, and 1 in 5 was obese at the age of 5.

Prolonged bottle feeding was linked to a 33 % increase in children’s risk of obesity.

"The bottle may be providing a source of comfort, rather than meeting nutritional needs," Gooze added.

Overall, it is important to keep your child healthy and make him or her eat nutritious food at a young age.-With reports from ABS-CBNnews.com and Reuters