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|A Taste for Vegetables|
December 1, 2011
By Ann Seacrest, Executive Director, MilkWorks
Why does breastfeeding help protect against obesity? Information points to multiple reasons. Babies may be able to control their intake better at the breast. Not only do they have to work to get the milk, but they can more easily stop when they are full. In addition, a fast flow bottle may deliver formula very quickly, before a baby’s blood sugar has time to rise and a baby has time to feel full. Human milk also contains satiety hormones that may help a baby to eat less and be more satisfied. It may also have to do with other hormones found in breast milk that help to regulate blood sugar.
Isn't it amazing how nature has designed the perfect system for babies to learn how to like a variety of foods for their long term health and well being?