For those of you who don't know, those growth charts that your pediatrician uses are from the CDC. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) bases it's charts on formula fed infants. Last week, the CDC issued a statement, which basically says that all pediatricians and parents should use the WHO's chart (World Health Organization) for children under the age of two. The WHO's chart is based on breastfed babies.
What does this mean for the CDC? My guess is that the CDC is going to revamp their charts for breastfed babies.
I would also venture to say (and the grape vine seems to confirm this) that formula fed babies are actually obese. Because the charts differ dramatically enough for the CDC to say that breast fed babies need a separate chart, I would say that this means that the formula fed babies are getting too much to eat. We already have seen the studies that confirm that formula fed babies grow up to be overweight/obese children and overweight/obese adults.
Just to give you an idea of how dramatic it is, I looked up HB's own weight/age ratio. On the CDCs chart, he is in the 1 or 2 percentile. On the WHOs he is somewhere between 5 and 10 percent. That's a big difference.
I would also guess that the CDC may issue it's own official stance on the length of breastfeeding. Right now it's website quotes the AAP's stance of up to a year and the WHO's of up to two or beyond. That's right up to "age two or beyond."
Also Michelle Obama, whose big campaign is to fight childhood obesity, has issued her own statements in regards to breastfeeding. Speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus this week, she spoke about encouraging women of color to breastfeed. Quote: She said another way to fight obesity was to promote breast-feeding, especially in black communities where, she said, 40% of children never receive the health benefits of breast-feeding. Back in February she had glossed over the subject. She said she breastfed her own children, but declined to comment on the role of breastfeeding in her obesity fighting campaign. So Michelle, what's up? Just go ahead and say it: breastfeeding will reduce obesity in this country and women need to step it up.
So whip em' out, Ladies!