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  • Breastfeeding May Influence Kids' Eating Habits at Age 6

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    By Pearl Philip, MD

    What you feed your child in his or her first year of life could very well predict their health habits at age 6, according to a new report from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The findings provide a lens to understanding childhood obesity rates, which have more than doubled in the past 30 years.

    The researchers surveyed more than 1,500 mothers and concluded that children who were breastfed for longer periods as infants tended to eat more healthily at age 6 - drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables, and indulging in fewer sugar-sweetened beverages.

    Moreover, the children whose parents introduced them earlier to healthful foods between 6 months and a year of age tended to continue to enjoy a healthier diet later on. For example, when mothers fed their children a sugar-sweetened beverages or juice during the first year of life, their children were twice as likely to drink sugar-sweetened beverages at age 6.

    The study was published today in a special supplement of the journal Pediatrics.

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