Factors associated with weaning practices in term infants: a prospective observational study in Ireland.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/232673
Title:
Factors associated with weaning practices in term infants: a prospective observational study in Ireland.
Authors:
Tarrant, R C; Younger, Katherine M; Sheridan-Pereira, Margaret; White, Martin J; Kearney, John M
Affiliation:
School of Biological Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street, Dublin 8, Republic of Ireland.
Citation:
Factors associated with weaning practices in term infants: a prospective observational study in Ireland. 2010, 104 (10):1544-54 Br. J. Nutr.
Journal:
The British journal of nutrition
Issue Date:
Nov-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/232673
DOI:
10.1017/S0007114510002412
PubMed ID:
20598218
Abstract:
The WHO (2001) recommends exclusive breast-feeding and delaying the introduction of solid foods to an infant's diet until 6 months postpartum. However, in many countries, this recommendation is followed by few mothers, and earlier weaning onto solids is a commonly reported global practice. Therefore, this prospective, observational study aimed to assess compliance with the WHO recommendation and examine weaning practices, including the timing of weaning of infants, and to investigate the factors that predict weaning at ≤ 12 weeks. From an initial sample of 539 pregnant women recruited from the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin, 401 eligible mothers were followed up at 6 weeks and 6 months postpartum. Quantitative data were obtained on mothers' weaning practices using semi-structured questionnaires and a short dietary history of the infant's usual diet at 6 months. Only one mother (0.2%) complied with the WHO recommendation to exclusively breastfeed up to 6 months. Ninety-one (22.6%) infants were prematurely weaned onto solids at ≤ 12 weeks with predictive factors after adjustment, including mothers' antenatal reporting that infants should be weaned onto solids at ≤ 12 weeks, formula feeding at 12 weeks and mothers' reporting of the maternal grandmother as the principal source of advice on infant feeding. Mothers who weaned their infants at ≤ 12 weeks were more likely to engage in other sub-optimal weaning practices, including the addition of non-recommended condiments to their infants' foods. Provision of professional advice and exploring antenatal maternal misperceptions are potential areas for targeted interventions to improve compliance with the recommended weaning practices.
Language:
en
MeSH:
Adult; Bottle Feeding; Breast Feeding; Diet; Female; Humans; Infant; Infant Food; Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena; Ireland; Patient Compliance; Pregnancy; Prospective Studies; Weaning; Young Adult
ISSN:
1475-2662

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorTarrant, R Cen_GB
dc.contributor.authorYounger, Katherine Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorSheridan-Pereira, Margareten_GB
dc.contributor.authorWhite, Martin Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKearney, John Men_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-09T15:47:17Z-
dc.date.available2012-07-09T15:47:17Z-
dc.date.issued2010-11-
dc.identifier.citationFactors associated with weaning practices in term infants: a prospective observational study in Ireland. 2010, 104 (10):1544-54 Br. J. Nutr.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1475-2662-
dc.identifier.pmid20598218-
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0007114510002412-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/232673-
dc.description.abstractThe WHO (2001) recommends exclusive breast-feeding and delaying the introduction of solid foods to an infant's diet until 6 months postpartum. However, in many countries, this recommendation is followed by few mothers, and earlier weaning onto solids is a commonly reported global practice. Therefore, this prospective, observational study aimed to assess compliance with the WHO recommendation and examine weaning practices, including the timing of weaning of infants, and to investigate the factors that predict weaning at ≤ 12 weeks. From an initial sample of 539 pregnant women recruited from the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin, 401 eligible mothers were followed up at 6 weeks and 6 months postpartum. Quantitative data were obtained on mothers' weaning practices using semi-structured questionnaires and a short dietary history of the infant's usual diet at 6 months. Only one mother (0.2%) complied with the WHO recommendation to exclusively breastfeed up to 6 months. Ninety-one (22.6%) infants were prematurely weaned onto solids at ≤ 12 weeks with predictive factors after adjustment, including mothers' antenatal reporting that infants should be weaned onto solids at ≤ 12 weeks, formula feeding at 12 weeks and mothers' reporting of the maternal grandmother as the principal source of advice on infant feeding. Mothers who weaned their infants at ≤ 12 weeks were more likely to engage in other sub-optimal weaning practices, including the addition of non-recommended condiments to their infants' foods. Provision of professional advice and exploring antenatal maternal misperceptions are potential areas for targeted interventions to improve compliance with the recommended weaning practices.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The British journal of nutritionen_GB
dc.subject.meshAdult-
dc.subject.meshBottle Feeding-
dc.subject.meshBreast Feeding-
dc.subject.meshDiet-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshInfant-
dc.subject.meshInfant Food-
dc.subject.meshInfant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshPatient Compliance-
dc.subject.meshPregnancy-
dc.subject.meshProspective Studies-
dc.subject.meshWeaning-
dc.subject.meshYoung Adult-
dc.titleFactors associated with weaning practices in term infants: a prospective observational study 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 British journal of nutritionen_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren

Related articles on PubMed

All Items in Lenus, The Irish Health Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.