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Randomised controlled trial
A bottle-weaning counselling intervention for parents of 12-month-old infants reduces bottle use at age 24 months but has no effect on child weight
  1. Li Ming Wen1,2
  1. 1The 10th People's Hospital, University of Tongji, Shanghai, China;
  2. 2Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Li Ming Wen, Health Promotion Service, South Western Sydney & Sydney Local Health Districts, Level 9 North, King George V Building, Missenden Rd, Camperdown, NSW 2050, Australia; liming.wen{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • A brief educational intervention with parents can reduce the use of bottle feeding for children at 2 years of age.

  • The effect of reduced bottle feeding on the early onset of childhood obesity requires further investigation.


Early infant feeding patterns and practices are modifiable risk factors for childhood overweight and obesity. Prolonged bottle feeding is one such risk factor. Several recent studies have demonstrated the feasibility of bottle-weaning interventions,1–4 but the effect of bottle-weaning interventions on reducing childhood obesity is unclear. Bonuck and colleagues study aimed to determine whether brief educational intervention sessions with parents …

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