Many studies have looked at whether or not breastfeeding helps protect against childhood obesity. While plenty find a link, some suggest it may be related to different lifestyle choices by women who choose to breastfeed. This new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association looks at women in Belarus who were part of a program promoting nursing among women who may not have otherwise made that choice. This study found no difference in weight and body fat in children who had been nursed as infants.

Breastfeeding does not seem to protect babies against becoming overweight or obese kids, a large, new study says.

“It’s just a reality check that in itself, promoting breastfeeding, while a good thing and will have other health benefits, is unlikely to have any effects on stemming the obesity epidemic,” said the study’s lead author, Richard Martin, from the University of Bristol, UK.

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Rachel Dornhelm

Rachel Dornhelm has worked as a reporter, editor and producer in public radio for the last twelve years. She got her start in New York City at WNYC and went on to work with the national business program Marketplace, WBUR’s “On Point” and KQED News in San Francisco. Her work has been honored by the LA Press Club and the SF-Peninsula Press Club.

Rachel has a BA with honors in anthropology from Rice University and did graduate work at NYU.

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