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US programme ‘could help women lose post-baby weight’

A programme being run in the US could help women to lose weight that they put on during pregnancy, the results of a study have suggested.

Researchers at Penn State University and the Institute for Children and Poverty, New York, found that those who enrolled in the US Department of Agriculture’s Women Infants and Children (WIC) programme were more likely to breastfeed for longer.

A statement from Penn State explains that breast milk has many benefits over formula and cow’s milk, including helping mothers to lose their post-pregnancy weight

The study found that, the earlier people enrol in the WIC programme, which is aimed at low-income women, the less likely they were to introduce cow’s milk too soon.

"What this study tells us is that if we intervene by enrolling low-income women in WIC earlier on in their pregnancies, it will be healthier for the babies," said Daphne Hernandez, assistant professor of human development and family studies at Penn State.

According to the NHS, those wanting to lose weight can still enjoy the health benefits of dairy by using semi-skimmed, skimmed, or one per cent-fat milks instead of full-fat versions.

Have you tried cutting down on your dairy intake?

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1 Jul
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3 thoughts on “US programme ‘could help women lose post-baby weight’”

  1. Lils says:

    I’m pregnant with my first child, I plan on breastfeeding her but does anyone know when the best age is to start giving her cows milk?

  2. Miss Fishbone says:

    There is no way I am every going to breastfeed by baby even though I know it the best way to lose your pregnancy weight. Can anyone recommend a really good baby milk formula? I don’t like milk myself at all so I am not too sure about all the milks out there.

  3. Mum2Billie says:

    just the opposite really. before I had Billie, I always used skimmed milk – always! But now shes 16 months old, we’ve got her on cows milk and its got to be full fat – so thats what we all drink now. Nightmare!

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