Mothers who formula feed: their practices, support needs and factors influencing their Infant feeding decision

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/263952
Title:
Mothers who formula feed: their practices, support needs and factors influencing their Infant feeding decision
Authors:
Tarrant, R C; Sheridan-Pereira, Margaret; McCarthy, Roberta A.; Younger, Katherine M.; Kearney, John M.
Affiliation:
Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin Institute of Technology
Citation:
Mothers who formula feed: their practices, support needs and factors influencing their Infant feeding decision 2013, 19 (1):78 Child Care in Practice
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis Group
Journal:
Child Care in Practice
Issue Date:
Jan-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/263952
DOI:
10.1080/13575279.2012.737764
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13575279.2012.737764
Abstract:
The majority of mothers in Ireland provide formula milk to their infants during the initial weeks postpartum; however, data are lacking on their formula feeding practices and support needs. This prospective Dublin-based observational study, which included 450 eligible mother-term infant pairs recruited and followed up to 6 months postpartum, aimed to advance our understanding of maternal formula feeding practices, their reasons for deciding to formula feed, sources of feeding information and perceived support needs; insights into infant formula milk consumption patterns in relation to current feeding guidelines are also provided. In summary, the vast majority of infants at 6 weeks were provided with formula milk (n = 368; 81.8%). Positive maternal perceptions of formula feeding were among the most frequently reported reasons underlying mothers’ decision to formula feed (e.g. convenience, 17.3%). Potential public health concerns over the large formula milk volumes consumed by infants (mean 205ml/kilogram/day) relative to infant feeding guidelines (150ml/kilogram/day) were raised from this study. Some mothers continue to add solid foods to infant bottle feeds at 6 weeks (3.8%) and 6 months (6%), a non-recommended feeding practice posing a choking risk for infants. Crucially, this study highlights the need to provide greater support and information to mothers who decide to formula feed postpartum including practical information on sterilisation and formula reconstitution. While breastfeeding promotion and research continues to be a public health priority in Ireland, addressing the support and information needs of mothers who formula feed, an underrepresented and understudied population in the literature, also needs to be considered to ensure optimal health and safety for their infants.
Item Type:
Article
Keywords:
INFANT NUTRITION; INFANT HEALTH
Local subject classification:
EARLY FEEDING PRACTICES; FORMULA FEEDING; FORMULA FEEDING PRACTICE; PATIENT INFORMATION
ISSN:
1357-5279; 1476-489X
Sponsors:
Independently funded study: Dublin Institute of Technology

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorTarrant, R Cen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSheridan-Pereira, Margareten_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcCarthy, Roberta A.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorYounger, Katherine M.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorKearney, John M.en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-02T12:17:09Z-
dc.date.available2013-01-02T12:17:09Z-
dc.date.issued2013-01-
dc.identifier.citationMothers who formula feed: their practices, support needs and factors influencing their Infant feeding decision 2013, 19 (1):78 Child Care in Practiceen_GB
dc.identifier.issn1357-5279-
dc.identifier.issn1476-489X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13575279.2012.737764-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/263952-
dc.description.abstractThe majority of mothers in Ireland provide formula milk to their infants during the initial weeks postpartum; however, data are lacking on their formula feeding practices and support needs. This prospective Dublin-based observational study, which included 450 eligible mother-term infant pairs recruited and followed up to 6 months postpartum, aimed to advance our understanding of maternal formula feeding practices, their reasons for deciding to formula feed, sources of feeding information and perceived support needs; insights into infant formula milk consumption patterns in relation to current feeding guidelines are also provided. In summary, the vast majority of infants at 6 weeks were provided with formula milk (n = 368; 81.8%). Positive maternal perceptions of formula feeding were among the most frequently reported reasons underlying mothers’ decision to formula feed (e.g. convenience, 17.3%). Potential public health concerns over the large formula milk volumes consumed by infants (mean 205ml/kilogram/day) relative to infant feeding guidelines (150ml/kilogram/day) were raised from this study. Some mothers continue to add solid foods to infant bottle feeds at 6 weeks (3.8%) and 6 months (6%), a non-recommended feeding practice posing a choking risk for infants. Crucially, this study highlights the need to provide greater support and information to mothers who decide to formula feed postpartum including practical information on sterilisation and formula reconstitution. While breastfeeding promotion and research continues to be a public health priority in Ireland, addressing the support and information needs of mothers who formula feed, an underrepresented and understudied population in the literature, also needs to be considered to ensure optimal health and safety for their infants.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipIndependently funded study: Dublin Institute of Technologyen_GB
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Groupen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13575279.2012.737764en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Child Care in Practiceen_GB
dc.subjectINFANT NUTRITIONen_GB
dc.subjectINFANT HEALTHen_GB
dc.subject.otherEARLY FEEDING PRACTICES-
dc.subject.otherFORMULA FEEDING-
dc.subject.otherFORMULA FEEDING PRACTICE-
dc.subject.otherPATIENT INFORMATION-
dc.titleMothers who formula feed: their practices, support needs and factors influencing their Infant feeding decisionen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentCoombe Women and Infants University Hospital, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin Institute of Technologyen_GB
dc.identifier.journalChild Care in Practiceen_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
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