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Parents- if you want to reduce your little one's chances of becoming obese by Kindergarten, ditch the bottle. That's according to researchers at Temple University.
...but the anchors at ABC-affiliate WHAM say it can be hard for parents to say bye-bye to the bottle.
PATRICE WALSH: "Now Dr. Lewis says the worst things parents can do is use the food or a bottle as a reward or as way to quiet kids down. He says that's not the answer. Waiting too long to wean them is hard because then the bottle becomes like a security blanket. Of course we never did these things wrong with our children did we?"
GUBBY RYAN: "It's harder for the parents than the baby. We want it for our own care and comfort."
The Temple University study reveals an average toddler going to bed with an 8-ounce bottle of whole milk will get about 12 percent of his daily caloric needs. CBS News responds...
"That's a lot of calories for a bedtime snack... Letting a toddler continue to drink from a baby bottle may be a big fat mistake...[It's] obesity in a bottle."
But according to Families.com-- the study was missing some data.
"The researchers acknowledge a number of other things that were missing. They didn't have data on children's physical activity...or specific aspects of diet -- like total daily calories, sugar-sweetened beverages in the diet, or information on whether or for how long infants were exclusively fed breast milk."
The researchers found that of 7,000 babies born in 2001, one in five of them were still using a bottle at age 2. Of these kids, about 30 percent were obese -- compared to only 16 percent from the other group. A writer for Medical News Today says the study could be dead-on.
"A child who relies too much on milk may miss out on essential nutrients, such as iron, which are present in solid foods. Toddlers (over 18 months) do not feed from the bottle like infants do. An infant's bottle is removed as soon as he has had his fill, while toddlers walk around with theirs, drinking on the go."
According to CBS News, doctors at the University of California San Francisco say the best time to make kids stop using the bottle is when they can properly use a spoon and sit up for themselves.
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