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Body weight, body composition, and energy intake changes in breastfeeding mothers.
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PMID:  9775844     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Body weight, body composition, and energy intake changes are described for 13 breastfeeding mothers followed for 18-24 months after delivery. Body weight was assessed at 1-6, 9, 12, 18, 24 months postpartum and 1 month after infant weaning, and energy intake was assessed at 2-6, 9, 12, 18, 24 months postpartum and 1 month after infant weaning. Compared to prepregnancy weight, participants were an average of 4.0 +/- 6.6 kg heavier 18 months postpartum (p < 0.05). The mean rate of weight loss from 1 month postpartum until termination of lactation was 0.32 +/- 0.27 kg/month. Eight of the 12 women gained weight after weaning their infant. Percent body fat assessed by underwater weighing declined from 34.6 +/- 2.8% at 1 month postpartum to 31.4 +/- 4.8% at 1 month after infant weaning (p < 0.05). Further research is needed to study the factors which affect weight loss postpartum, and how weight gain after weaning can be prevented.
R AbuSabha; G Greene
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0890-3344     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Lact     Publication Date:  1998 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-10-29     Completed Date:  1998-10-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709498     Medline TA:  J Hum Lact     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  119-24     Citation Subset:  N    
Pennsylvania State University Department of Nutrition, University Park 16802, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Body Composition / physiology*
Body Weight / physiology*
Breast Feeding*
Energy Metabolism / physiology*
Longitudinal Studies
Postpartum Period / physiology

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