CDC is continuing to perpetuate the old canard that breastfeeding is protective against childhood obesity. In the recently released publication, Vital Signs: Improvements in Maternity Care Policies and Practices that Support Breastfeeding-United States, 2007-2013, the CDC states “In addition, evidence suggests that breastfeeding is associated with a reduction in the risk for obesity and diabetes in children (3).”
The reference is a 2007 evidence report on CDC’s sister agency, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website. However, unlike several other citations, there is no link to the paper. Why? Perhaps because AHRQ identifies the paper as “Archived” and states, “It (the paper) was current when produced and now may be out of date.” Here’s the link: http://archive.ahrq.gov/clinic/tp/brfouttp.htm#Report.
Maybe out of date? No fooling! See here, here and here for updated research which CDC decided to overlook.