Session 1: Public health nutrition. Breast-feeding practices in Ireland.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/232657
Title:
Session 1: Public health nutrition. Breast-feeding practices in Ireland.
Authors:
Tarrant, R C; Kearney, John M
Affiliation:
School of Biological Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street, Dublin 8, Republic of Ireland.
Citation:
Session 1: Public health nutrition. Breast-feeding practices in Ireland. 2008, 67 (4):371-80 Proc Nutr Soc
Journal:
The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
Issue Date:
Nov-2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/232657
DOI:
10.1017/S0029665108008665
PubMed ID:
18715521
Abstract:
Breast-feeding is the superior infant feeding method from birth, with research consistently demonstrating its numerous short- and long-term health benefits for both mother and infant. As a global recommendation the WHO advises that mothers should exclusively breast-feed for the first 6-months of life, thus delaying the introduction of solids during this time. Historically, Irish breast-feeding initiation rates have remained strikingly low in comparison with international data and there has been little improvement in breast-feeding duration rates. There is wide geographical variation in terms of breast-feeding initiation both internationally and in Ireland. Some of these differences in breast-feeding rates may be associated with differing socio-economic characteristics. A recent cross-sectional prospective study of 561 pregnant women attending a Dublin hospital and followed from the antenatal period to 6 months post partum has found that 47% of the Irish-national mothers initiated breast-feeding, while only 24% were still offering 'any' breast milk to their infants at 6 weeks. Mothers' positive antenatal feeding intention to breast-feed is indicated as one of the most important independent determinants of initiation and 'any' breast-feeding at 6 weeks, suggesting that the antenatal period should be targeted as an effective time to influence and affect mothers' attitudes and beliefs pertaining to breast-feeding. These results suggest that the 'cultural' barrier towards breast-feeding appears to still prevail in Ireland and consequently an environment that enables women to breast-feed is far from being achieved. Undoubtedly, a shift towards a more positive and accepting breast-feeding culture is required if national breast-feeding rates are to improve.
Language:
en
MeSH:
Attitude; Breast Feeding; Female; Humans; Infant; Ireland; Milk, Human; Mothers; Public Health; Socioeconomic Factors
ISSN:
0029-6651

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorTarrant, R Cen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKearney, John Men_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-09T15:49:27Z-
dc.date.available2012-07-09T15:49:27Z-
dc.date.issued2008-11-
dc.identifier.citationSession 1: Public health nutrition. Breast-feeding practices in Ireland. 2008, 67 (4):371-80 Proc Nutr Socen_GB
dc.identifier.issn0029-6651-
dc.identifier.pmid18715521-
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0029665108008665-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/232657-
dc.description.abstractBreast-feeding is the superior infant feeding method from birth, with research consistently demonstrating its numerous short- and long-term health benefits for both mother and infant. As a global recommendation the WHO advises that mothers should exclusively breast-feed for the first 6-months of life, thus delaying the introduction of solids during this time. Historically, Irish breast-feeding initiation rates have remained strikingly low in comparison with international data and there has been little improvement in breast-feeding duration rates. There is wide geographical variation in terms of breast-feeding initiation both internationally and in Ireland. Some of these differences in breast-feeding rates may be associated with differing socio-economic characteristics. A recent cross-sectional prospective study of 561 pregnant women attending a Dublin hospital and followed from the antenatal period to 6 months post partum has found that 47% of the Irish-national mothers initiated breast-feeding, while only 24% were still offering 'any' breast milk to their infants at 6 weeks. Mothers' positive antenatal feeding intention to breast-feed is indicated as one of the most important independent determinants of initiation and 'any' breast-feeding at 6 weeks, suggesting that the antenatal period should be targeted as an effective time to influence and affect mothers' attitudes and beliefs pertaining to breast-feeding. These results suggest that the 'cultural' barrier towards breast-feeding appears to still prevail in Ireland and consequently an environment that enables women to breast-feed is far from being achieved. Undoubtedly, a shift towards a more positive and accepting breast-feeding culture is required if national breast-feeding rates are to improve.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The Proceedings of the Nutrition Societyen_GB
dc.subject.meshAttitude-
dc.subject.meshBreast Feeding-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshInfant-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMilk, Human-
dc.subject.meshMothers-
dc.subject.meshPublic Health-
dc.subject.meshSocioeconomic Factors-
dc.titleSession 1: Public health nutrition. Breast-feeding practices in Ireland.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentSchool of Biological Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street, Dublin 8, Republic of Ireland.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalThe Proceedings of the Nutrition Societyen_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren

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