Doctors and pediatricians can influence parents to decide the time that their children should drop the bottle, helping to prevent loss of early teeth, obesity and iron deficiency in the body, says a new study by researchers from St. Michael's Hospital and dothe Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada.

"Only five minutes of advice about the dangers that prolonged bottle-feeding can bring result in a 60% drop in the number of babies who continue to use bottle up to two years old"Says Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician and leader of the study by St. Michael's Hospital.

Most children who have parents advised by doctors stopped using bottle on her first birthday, while the average of the babies that parents were not educated was 16 months. "The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that use should continue until a maximum of 15 months, but many parents and doctors are not aware of it. Many continue to feed their children with bottles up to three or four years"Says Maguire, who had his research published in the journal Pediatrics.

"According to the survey, if the parents make their children stop using the bottle after talking to your doctor, counseling works. This shows that health professionals can influence the behavior of children before they develop bad habits that accompany all his life", Full Maguire.

In previous research, Maguire and his team had already found a relationship between prolonged bottle-feeding and iron deficiency in the body. Iron deficiency affects about 30% of children who start to walk and is associated with developmental delays in learning and behavior problems.

About 86% of parents who continue feeding their children with bottle after two years say they do not make the transition to the glass because children prefer the bottle. "When the children complete two years is very difficult for parents to make this change. This needs to happen when the child is even younger, and have modified their behavior more easily", He noted.

In another study, conducted in the United States, researchers of Disease Control and Prevention Centers accompanied the first year of life 1250 children and found that those who drank bottle during the first six months of life, even if it was breast milk, had less able to control your appetite later.

According to the authors, the babies who had more than two thirds of its power via bottle in early life, even if breastfed, were twice as likely to empty the bottle, even after satisfied than those who had less than a third of their food made with it.