Protein intakes in early infancy

Postnatal High Protein Intake Can Contribute to Accelerated Weight Gain of Infants and Increased Obesity Risk
Haschke F, Grathwohl D, Detzel P, Steenhout P, Wagemans N, Erdmann P. Nestle Nutr Inst Workshop Ser 2016 85:101-9. Epub 2016 Apr 18.

Haschke et al have undertaken an updated meta-analysis (n = 1,150) indicating that infants fed a whey-based, low-protein (1.8 g/100 kcal) formula with an essential amino-acid profile closer to breast milk grow in accordance with the WHO growth standard (0-4 months). Health economic analyses indicate that feeding low-protein formulas to non-breastfed infants would result in cost savings for both the individual and the society. The authors conclude that preventive measures against childhood and adult obesity should include promotion of breastfeeding for 6 months or longer and use of low-protein formulas in non-breastfed infants.