Förderung des Stillens - ein Beitrag zur Prävention von Übergewicht

Translated title of the contribution: Supporting breastfeeding - A way to prevent overweight

Veronika Scherbam, Anne Camilla Bellows

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There is much evidence that breastfeeding has a favourable effect on weight development in children. The plausibility of this link is supported by numerous factors and physiological mechanisms. Firstly, food uptake is independently regulated during breast-feeding. Secondly, the composition of breast milk is adapted to the child's needs, with tess protein than in baby food. Thirdly, breastfeeding has favourable long-term effects on cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The favourable effects of breastfeeding on the mother's body weight depend on the mode of breastfeeding. Overweight or obese women more often find breast- feeding difficult and require more professional help. As breastfeeding can help to prevent overweight in mother and child, more attention should be given to this issue in future.

Translated title of the contributionSupporting breastfeeding - A way to prevent overweight
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)388-394
Number of pages7
JournalErnahrungs Umschau
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Baby
  • Baby milk food
  • Breast feeding
  • Breast milk
  • Overweight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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