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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1979 July; 29(204): 427–430.
PMCID: PMC2159259

Infant feeding and overweight in two Oxfordshire towns


In a study of feeding and growth in the first year of life in two Oxfordshire market towns, the frequency of overweight babies was the same for the 'intervention' town (where a research health visitor gave intensive advice to mothers on feeding) as for the control town. Eighteen per cent of bottle-fed infants and three per cent of those breast fed were overweight at one year. It seems that an increase in the number of health visitors does not affect the frequency of overweight infants, but it may be that a greater emphasis on breast feeding might reduce the frequency.

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