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U.K. Commercial Baby Foods Are Pushed On Infants Too Early, Study Finds

September 9, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Commercial baby foods in the U.K. that are promoted as a way to wean children from breast milk are actually sweet foods that provide little extra nutritional benefit over breast milk or formula,  according to new research. British government guidelines say infants should not be weaned before six months, and the foods they eat – cereals, vegetables, fruits and proteins – should be introduced gradually. The researchers looked at products from four manufacturers, finding that commonly used commercial foods supplied no more energy than breast or formula milk and are promoted at an age – four months– when babies should be consuming breast or formula milk.
A. L. Garcia et al., "Nutritional content of infant commercial weaning foods in the U.K.", Archives of Disease in Childhood, September 09, 2013, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd & Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health
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