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Influences on infant feeding decisions of first-time mothers in five European countries

Gage, H, Williams, P, Von Rosen-Von Hoewel, J, Laitinen, K, Jakobik, V, Martin-Bautista, E, Schmid, M, Egan, B, Morgan, J, Decsi, T, Campoy, C, Koletzko, B and Raats, MM (2012) Influences on infant feeding decisions of first-time mothers in five European countries European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 66 (8). pp. 914-919.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Infant feeding decisions made by new parents have significant health implications. The study aimed to investigate: influences on infant feeding decisions; characteristics of mothers reporting reliance on alternative information sources; associations between reliance on different sources and intentions to exclusively breastfeed and introduce complementary foods later; and subsequent breastfeeding and weaning behaviours. SUBJECTS/METHODS: First-time mothers in five European countries (England, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Spain) completed questionnaires about the importance of 17 influences on infant feeding choices at birth and 8 months later, during 2007–2008. Use of individual sources and reliance on four categories (family and friends, health professionals, written materials, audio-visual media) were compared between countries. Associations between information sources used and mother characteristics, feeding intentions and behaviours were investigated using appropriate statistical tests. RESULTS: In all, 2071 first-time mothers provided baseline data; 78% at 8 months. Variation exists between countries in the influence of different sources on feeding decisions of first-time mothers. Across all countries, the most important influences at both time points were books, partner and antenatal midwife. Mothers in higher income quintiles and remaining at school beyond age 16 years reported greater reliance on written sources (P<0.0005). Mothers relying most on written sources reported longer exclusive breastfeeding (P=0.002), and a tendency to introduce foods other than milk later (P=0.079) than mothers relying most on personal or professional contacts. CONCLUSION: Further research is required about which dissemination strategies are most effective at improving infant feeding behaviours in varied cultural settings, and for different socio-economic groups.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Gage, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Williams, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Von Rosen-Von Hoewel, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Laitinen, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jakobik, VUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Martin-Bautista, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schmid, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Egan, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Morgan, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Decsi, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Campoy, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Koletzko, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Raats, MMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 13 June 2012
Identification Number : 10.1038/ejcn.2012.56
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2012), DOI: 10.1038/ejcn.2012.56 Link to the published version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ejcn.2012.56.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Apr 2014 17:06
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:41
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/763132

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