Martin D. Fried MD discusses how to prevent overweight infants.
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Male Speaker: We have an obesity problem today. Let's just start over weight, let's just start in the beginning, sometimes we start a kid becoming over weight the first year in life. Dr. Martin Fried: Well some parents over feed their kids, you know, the minute the kid cries they put the bottle on the mouth. I saw one kid was 65 pounds at like 3 months of age. Male Speaker: It wasn't any kind of disease? Dr. Martin Fried: No, every time the kid cry the mother would give the kid the bottle around the clock. Male Speaker: So what tips can you give a new mother with a child that you don't over feed the first year which can lead to obesity later in life? Dr. Martin Fried: It's very important to be monitored by the pediatrician. The pediatrician should be doing the heights and weights and if this child is growing in weight over the percentage for height that should alarm both the parents and the pediatrician that there is something that... Male Speaker: I like breastfeeding for a couple of reasons, one of the reasons is when you breastfeed the kid stops, you finish. But is you bottle feed and you have an eight ounce bottle and the kid only took six a lot of parents think you have to finish the bottle. I tell if the kid is done and the kid is growing okay, why do we have to give any more? Dr. Martin Fried: I agree with you, breast is best you can avoid allergies, you have secretory IgA, you have all kinds of immune factors that pass on from the mother to the child and it's been shown that breastfeeding in the first six years can decrease the likelihood of getting diabetes as well as decrease the likelihood of allergies.