Does Extended Formula Feeding Affect the Appetite Of Your Infant?
The need to ensure that your infant is having enough can push parents to do the unthinkable. Formula feeding has been one of the best ways that parents are able to supplement breast milk or rule it out altogether. However, the decision that parents make regarding formula and their infants has never been subject to a study to see if the extended use of formula for periods extending to 12 or more months has any impact on the infant or their biological composition or processes.
Nevertheless, there is always a first time for everything. In this case, a recent study was conducted to test the theory that pro-longed use of formula contributes to lower appetite in babies. In the same light, the same study sought to verify the theory of whether supplements also lower appetite and food intake.
For the study, more than 3800 children were sampled. They researchers used a Child Eating Behavior Questionnaire (CEBQ) as their preferred method of data collection. Parents were required to report the intake of their infants and the data entered was later examined. After a couple of years 35 of the mothers involved in the study were interviewed as to their extended use of formula.
Once the recollection of the data had been completed, the analysis and the results were largely bending towards the theory that had brought about the cradle of the study. There were a total of six sub-scales that the CEBQ was testing and in most of these, the results were significantly different among children that had been fed on formula for an extended period as compared to their counterparts. With food responsiveness better known as appetite avidity clocked in at 2.02 Vs 2.22 for children fed on formula for a longer period as compared to those that had not been fed on formula for as long. Also the speed of eating seemed to have been affected among the said children with those fed longer on formula coming in at 2.63 compared to 2.46 on the controlled kids.
Other metrics that the study looked included food fussiness as well as the daily energy intake. In both cases, those fed on formula for longer didn’t fair very well even though the total energy intake did not vary widely among the two groups.
The reasons that were given by most parents for the use of formula was to supplement the food intake of their child and also, as a result of picky eating by the infants. Based on the study, it is safe to say that high intake of formula does contribute to eating complexities among them being picky-eating behaviors. It’s also safe to say that formula feeding has largely been used as a substitute for solid food instead of a supplement. But, most studies are required to delve deeper into the issue and determine whether formula has a more lifelong impact on the weight of the infant as they grow up as well as other eating behaviors.
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