PhD defence: Infants with excessive weight gain during exclusive breastfeeding - an exploratory study

Melanie Wange Larsson is defending her PhD thesis

Infants with excessive weight gain during exclusive breastfeeding – an exploratory study

Time

12 February 2019, 13:00

Place

Aud. B011, University College Copenhagen, Sigurdsgade 26, 2200 Copenhagen

Opponents 

Professor Anders Sjödin (chair), Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Senior Lecturer in Pediatrics Sven Arne Silfverdal, Umeå University, Sweden

Senior Consultant Marianne Skytte Jakobsen, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark

Supervisor

Professor Kim Fleischer Michaelsen, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Co-supervisors

Professor Christian Mølgaard, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Associate professor Anette Due, Department of Nursing and Nutrition, University College Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

About the thesis

This PhD comprises an exploratory study on infants with excessive weight gain during exclusive breastfeeding.

Human milk intake and composition, blood samples, growth and body composition from birth to 18 months in infants with excessive weight gain were compared to a group of infants with normal weight gain. The excessive weight gain during the first 5 months was followed by a marked catch-down in growth after introduction to complementary foods.

Human milk leptin was low in the group of infants with excessive weight and was negatively associated with milk intake at 5 months suggesting that human milk intake and composition was a cause of the excessive weight gain.

2019, 160 pages.

The thesis is available for inspection at the library, Nørre Allé 51, DK-2200 Copenhagen.