Big Bottles Mean Fat Babies, Experts Say

A new study conducted by experts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that babies who drink from large bottles are more likely to become overweight by 6 months, in contrast to babies who drink from smaller bottles.


Researchers started tracking the weight of infants aged two months, based on the size of their feeding bottles. The feeding bottles ranged from 2 ounces to 10 ounces. From the data they have gathered, the researchers suggested that infants who were fed using big bottles gained at least a half-pound weight by six months.


“Every baby is different, but we know that a two-month-old infant will generally take four ounces per feed,” said Dr. Charles Wood, lead researcher. “Larger bottles may mean parents are more likely to overfeed their infants, contributing to more weight gain."


The study focused on 386 formula-fed infants from different backgrounds. According to the NY Post, 35 per cent were Hispanic, 41 per cent were Black and 23 per cent were white.


According to their research, babies who used big bottles started at 7.1 pounds when they were born. By the time they were two months, they weighed 11.7 pounds and then 17.6 pounds by six months.


Meanwhile, those who used smaller bottles weighed 11.2 pounds at two months and 17.2 by six months.


Meanwhile, in 2010, Professor Atul Singhal from the MRC Childhood Nutrition Research Centre at the Institute of Child Health in London said that 20 per cent of babies who were bottle-fed are more likely to become obese when they grow old.


“The danger, according to Singhal, is that they will be offered more than they need, building up an appetite for the future,” The Guardian reported.


"When they are exposed to high-protein, high-fat foods, they are more likely to become obese," said Dr. Singhal.