London, July 14 (ANI): New mums who bottle-feed their children might be putting their kids' health at risk due to mistakes in the preparation of the formula, say researchers.
The errors include too high concentration of formula, changing brands, and the timing of feeds. This could lead to "overfeeding", which can cause obesity.
On the other hand, babies who do not receive enough formula milk are likely to be undernourished.
A review of studies involving more than 13,000 mothers found that a lack of information, and support for bottle-feeding mothers, was contributing to the problem, reports the Daily Express.
The researchers found that some new mothers thought that they were a failure for bottle-feeding or were angry about not being able to breastfeed, while others thought midwives were more interested in helping breastfeeding mothers than those who used bottles.
"The WHO/Unicef code on infant feeding discourages active dissemination of information on bottle-feeding during the antenatal period, but permits postnatal advice and instruction on bottle-feeding only after the mother has decided to bottle-feed," the study said.
Therefore, mothers who bottle-fed their kids did not receive enough information. (ANI)