Friday, May 22, 2009

Rate of Growth of Breastfed Babies

Aku taknak la cerita panjang-panjang. Pendek cerita, seorang paed yg x pro-bf kata anak aku tak normal sbb berat dia tak memberansangkan kalau dilihat melalui chart. Ia menakutkan aku seketika. Ambil masa sehari utk menenangkan diri.

Aku dpt artikel ni dari Sue. Diambil dari sini

‘Feeding up’ of babies to be curbed
by Sarah-Kate Templeton, Health Editor

THOUSANDS of obese and overweight babies, fattened by mothers on medical advice, are to be identified by National Health Service charts.

Health experts say the growth measurements, introduced at the start of this month, should end the “severe cultural problem” of encouraging babies to put on a lot of weight too quickly.

For the first time the tables, drawn up by the World Health Organisation, are based entirely on the rate of growth of breastfed babies, which tend to put on weight more slowly than those given formula milk in their first year.

The figures used until now have been based mainly on formula-fed babies. This has meant breastfeeding mothers have been wrongly told to “feed up” their infants, putting them at risk of obesity. This problem afflicts many bottle-fed babies.

Tim Cole, professor of medical statistics at the Institute of Child Health at University College London, and one of the experts who has adapted the charts for Britain, said: “We have this severe cultural problem, which is that babies are expected to grow fast.

“What this chart is trying to do is to suggest that babies shouldn’t be growing so fast and that they shouldn’t be as big.”

Cole added: “The way breastfed babies grow will now become the norm. With the previous charts a breastfed baby could be growing perfectly normally but would appear to the health visitor not to be growing as fast as the charts recommended, so there might have been pressure to wean early [on to solid foods or formula milk].

“Thin babies will [now] not appear to be so thin and fat babies will appear to be more fat. The fat babies are likely to be formula fed, growing very fast and developing problems with obesity.”

Cole has been advised by paediatricians that some obese babies are twice average weight by their first birthday.

Rapid weight gain in the first nine months of a baby girl’s life could make her more likely to be overweight later in childhood, according to research by Bristol and Cambridge universities.

The Child Growth Foundation, which has been campaigning for the charts, says breastfed babies are, on average, 1lb lighter than those fed solely on formula milk at 12 months. Tam Fry, who chairs the foundation, said: “When babies are being overfed this will become more noticeable.”

Fewer than one in two mothers still breastfeed at six weeks and this falls to 25% at six months. Fewer than 1% of mothers follow official advice to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of an infant’s life.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “The new charts will not only provide more accurate data but will also help professionals and parents to identify early signs of overweight or obesity and provide support.”

Waktu aku kerja, Batrisyia minum 6 botol susu (4oz each). Malam, on demand. Ikut suka dia la nak bila. Tapi lebih kurang 4-5 kali before tido. Masa tido, dia akan bgn dlm 3-4 kali utk minum susu. Solid food lak, dia terima dgn baik. Byk mkn. Kalau setakat portion 5 sudu besar tu, mmg leh habis.

Di mana silapnya sampai anak aku tak besar-besar? Hehe.. Sbb genetic potential kah?

Owh, aku taknak peningkan kepala la. Selagi anak aku sihat dan aktif, aku tak perlu risau. Pekakkan telinga je.

Anyway, ni kali terakhir la aku pegi kat paed tu. Aku mmg tak suka dia tp aritu mmg takde option sbb tak tau kat mane lagi nak cari paed. Pasni kena gi cari tmpt lain la. Kalau kat Sban, senang je. Dr. Liu ada. (Aiyah, I lap you la Doktor Liu). Doktor ni tak mcm Dr. Liu. Kasar. Tak pandai ambil hati budak.

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Mama-Miya a.k.a "Jedi Hopeful" said...

i agree with the article coz not all kids r the same kan? Each person unik dr segi growth & also metabolism. Ada org perlukan byk calorie utk membesar & terus hidup. Ada yg perlukan sedikit saja.

As for me, I decide I tak nak follow the normal method of feeding kids. I ikut on demand method. Tak nak paksa2, let the child decide on their weaning & calorie intake. But I will also make sure benda yg I bg anak makan tu pun penuh khasiat. So eventho dia makan sikit, dia still dapat byk benefit from it.

Anak dara ku is 8.8kg & 72cm tall. Kalau ikut chart tu, 2nd lowest dah tu. But the nurse kata jgn percaya the chart. Kalau keturunan spesis petit & slim ni, tok leh banding2 dgn carta utk anak matsalleh tu. See! An australia expert pun kata gitu.

To me, janji anak ku sihat, cerdik & cergas! Cukup kan?

Liz said...

ija> yerp, jgn paksa anak mkn. i selalu perasan, byk mak paksa anak dia habiskan makanan. as for me, bila dia dah xnak/paling muka/taknak buka mulut, maknanya dia dah kenyang.

Haih, Australian expert pun kata takleh refer kat chart tu sgt. Nape la paed kat M'sia ni sibuk nak follow chart yg sah-sah guna utk anak mat salleh.. tu yg pelik.

ku sudah pangkah paed tu. ni nak kena cari paed lain kat KL. susah-susah, blk Sban je la.

precious innocent said...

benda nie dah jadi kat ryan... tp mmg ryan lately xnak mkn.. nak main je...

emo lebih2, susu perahan lak x kuar.. lg la stress... huhu

mesia nie lambat sgt la nak applykan undang2 mcm nie.. kalau naikkan harga brg, cepat la pulak.. entah ape2...

-mama emma-

Liz said...

mama ryan> cepatla chart tu kuar.

 

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