- Early breastfeeding does not show much association with a child’s later feeding habits, although it might be linked to less food fussiness.
Why this matters
- Some studies had suggested that breastfeeding might have consistent effects on a child’s later feeding behaviors.
- Children in this study tended to have low or intermediate breastfeeding exposure (87.8%), with only 12.2% having high exposure.
- With adjustment, compared with the low-breastfeeding group, high-breastfeeding children had less food fussiness at ages 3 years (significant) and 6 years (not significant).
- Children in the high-breastfeeding group were also easier to feed at age 3 years vs their low-breastfeeding counterparts.
- No other factors or behaviors, including maternal concerns about overeating or overweight or the amount or bite sizes for the child, were associated with breastfeeding exposure.
- Study of 970 children in Singapore, grouped by breastfeeding exposure.
- High: full breastfeeding for ≥4 months with continued breastfeeding ≥6 months.
- Low: any breastfeeding
- Intermediate: in between the above.
- Eating behaviors reported in questionnaires or determined in laboratory measures.
- Funding: Singapore National Research Foundation.
- Direction of identified associations is not known.
- Not all children and mothers were represented in all measures.
- Findings might not translate to populations with different ethnic makeup.