Breastfeeding reduces child obesity risk by up to 25%, WHO finds

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Organisation says marketing claims formula is as good for babies as breast milk are misleading

Breastfeeding can cut the chances of a child becoming obese by up to 25%, according to a major study involving 16 countries.

World Health Organisation (WHO) experts who led the Europe-wide research are calling for more help and encouragement to women to breastfeed, as well as curbs on the marketing of formula milk which, said senior author Dr João Breda, misled women into thinking breast was not necessarily better.

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