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Ferguson MC, O'Shea KJ, Hammer LD
Can following formula-feeding recommendations still result in infants who are overweight or have obesity?
This study compares guidelines for formula feeding and whether current recommendations still result in infants who are overweight or have obesity. The researchers used their “Virtual Infant” agent-based model representing infant-caregiver pairs that allowed caregivers to feed infants each day according to guidelines from Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD), and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The WIC guidelines were found to be the best as opposed to JHM/CHOP/CHKD where infants still became overweight/obese by 6 months. The study recommended the minimum recommended amount of daily formula feeding should be made lower for JHM/CHOP/CHKD guidelines and that WIC guidelines may be a good starting point for caregivers.
Citation: Ferguson MC, O'Shea KJ, Hammer LD . Can following formula-feeding recommendations still result in infants who are overweight or have obesity? Pediatr Res 2020 Oct;88(4):661-67. doi: 10.1038/s41390-020-0844-3..
Keywords: Newborns/Infants, Obesity: Weight Management, Obesity, Guidelines, Caregiving, Evidence-Based Practice