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Q&A: Will I Make Baby Fat?

I'm not the healthiest of eaters. If I eat fatty foods, will I make my baby fat?
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Lactation Specialist
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March 2, 2017
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No. The fat levels of breast milk are not influenced by the fat in a mother’s diet. In fact, breastfeeding has been found to reduce a baby’s risk of obesity by 20 percent to 30 percent in part because a baby learns to better self-regulate his food intake by nursing at the breast.

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