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Breast is best: Positive mealtime interactions in breastfeeding mothers from Israel and the United Kingdom

Shloim, N., Rudolf, M.C.J., Feltbower, R.G., Mohebati, L. and Hetherington, M. (2015) Breast is best: Positive mealtime interactions in breastfeeding mothers from Israel and the United Kingdom Health Psychology Open, 2 (1).

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We examined mealtime interactions to assess whether they varied according to maternal body mass index, country and mode of feeding in 41 Israeli and UK mother-infant dyads. Feeding behaviours were coded using the Simple Feeding Element Scale. Significantly, more UK mothers breastfed during the filmed meal compared to Israeli mothers. Mealtime interactions did not vary according to maternal body mass index or country. Women who breastfed (as opposed to those who bottle fed or fed solids) provided fewer distractions during the meal, a more ideal feeding environment and fed more responsively.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Biosciences and Medicine
Authors :
Shloim, N.
Rudolf, M.C.J.
Feltbower, R.G.
Hetherington, M.
Date : 1 January 2015
DOI : 10.1177/2055102915579605
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2015 The Authors. Creative Commons Non Commercial CC-BY-NC: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
Uncontrolled Keywords : Breastfeeding; Feeding cues; Infants; Mealtime interactions; Obesity
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 11 Oct 2019 13:30
Last Modified : 15 Oct 2019 15:19

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