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Health effects of infant feeding: Information for parents in leaflets and magazines in five European countries

Gage, H, Von Rosen-Von Hoewel, J, Laitinen, K, Jakobik, V, Martin-Bautista, E, Schmid, M, Egan, B, Morgan, J, Williams, P, Decsi, T, Campoy, C, Koletzko, B and Raats, MM (2013) Health effects of infant feeding: Information for parents in leaflets and magazines in five European countries Public Understanding of Science, 22 (3). pp. 365-379.

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Abstract

Parents’ decisions about whether to breastfeed their infant, and when to introduce complementary foods, are important public health issues. Breastfeeding has beneficial health effects and is widely promoted. Leaflets and magazine articles on infant feeding were collected in 2005, in five European countries (England, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Spain), and screened for statements that link feeding behaviours to infant health outcomes. A total of 127 leaflets contained 512 statements (0.38 / published page). Magazines contained approximately 1 article / month. Health outcomes were more intensively covered in England and Germany. Most statements referred to short term health implications. Lack of scientific agreement may underlie lack of cover of longer term health effects. Scope may exist to promote improved infant feeding practices by increasing the quantity and specificity of messages about health effects. Further research is required to evaluate the impact of alternative means of providing information on infant feeding practices.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Gage, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Von Rosen-Von Hoewel, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Laitinen, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jakobik, VUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Martin-Bautista, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schmid, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Egan, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Morgan, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Williams, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Decsi, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Campoy, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Koletzko, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Raats, MMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : April 2013
Identification Number : 10.1177/0963662511435452
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Additional Information : Published in Public Understanding of Science, 22 (3) 2013. Copyright 2013 Sage Publications.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 06 Jun 2014 12:29
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:38
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/763275

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