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Old May 21st, 2018, 07:52 AM   11
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I definitely felt like the “formula will lead to overfeeding and obesity” message was rammed down my throat when I had to switch to formula at 8 weeks due to low supply.

My daughter has always made it very clear when she’s full and refuses to drink any more. There have been times where she’s had a growth spurt and drank more than the guideline on the tin for a few days, and she went to 7oz bottles at 4 months ... but she’s still pretty much on that now at 7 months. She’s grown on her curve at the 40th percentile for months now.

I must admit there’s a part of me that wonders if the risk is overinflated as part of the promotion of breastfeeding...

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Old May 21st, 2018, 08:38 AM   12
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Every baby is so different. I formula fed my first and he was a great eater but he WAS overweight as a baby. He was 30+lbs on his first birthday But he's a tall, thin 12 year old now without an extra inch of fat to grab on his lean frame. I remember he would have 8oz every 3-4 hours, but he STTN from the get go, so all of his formula intake came within a 12-14 hour window.

I nursed my second exclusively, but combo-fed my third. I kept her on newborn flow nipples for several months, though, because I didn't want her to begin to prefer bottles due to the ease in which the milk flowed out. Her intake was always much different than her older brother's. I don't think she ever took more than 5oz in a sitting and she, too, would go 3 hours between feeds. FWIW- we nursed in the mornings and early afternoons and used formula in late afternoons up until bedtime. She was a much smaller baby, but still had rolls for days.

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Old May 22nd, 2018, 01:35 AM   13
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I forgot to mention in my previous post that one of the most recent ideas around the obesity link is around gut bacteria. The greater the number of different gut bacteria you have in your gut, the less likely you are to be obese (even if you eat the same amount of fat at someone else) due to how that bacteria process and interact with your food. Breastfeeding gives you immediately a high number of different and perfectly designed gut bacteria and the food to keep that bacteria thriving. This good start will go some way towards protecting against future poor diet (although its obviously not the only factor). Formula on the other hand can strip bacteria from the gut and doesn't have the same microbes or food for those microbes as breastmilk.

I think there are many factors that come together for obesity though, breastfeeding is just one part of it. the midwives in the OPs post seem a bit out of date, as leaving a baby screaming in order not to overfeed it is definitely not recommended practice now - responsive feeding is - and I'm not sure formula has ever been considered "very high risk" for obesity, just one of the risks.

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