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Nanny care linked to baby weight

July 7, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
If you want your kids to get a healthy start in life, new findings shed some light on a potential consequence of nanny care or day care.University of Illinois and Harvard School of Public Health researchers found babies who are cared for by people other than their parents tend to be about a third of a pound heavier at nine months of age.

The reasons: parents are more likely to be breastfeeding and have solid foods introduced at a later age.

These are factors that may reduce a child's risk for being overweight in the future.


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