The association between maternal infant feeding practices and child weight at 11-17 months in first-time Australian mothers

Jansen, Elena, Daniels, Lynne, Byrne, Rebecca, Mihrshahi, Seema, Magarey, Anthea, & Nicholson, Jan (2011) The association between maternal infant feeding practices and child weight at 11-17 months in first-time Australian mothers. In 18th European Congress on Obesity (ECO), 25-28 May 2011, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Introduction: Emerging evidence reveals that early feeding practices are associated with child food intake, eating behaviour and weight status. This cross-sectional analysis examined the association between maternal infant feeding practices/beliefs and child weight in Australian infants aged 11-17 months.

Methods: Participants were 293 first-time mothers of healthy term infants (144 boys, mean age 14±1 months) enrolled in the NOURISH RCT. Mothers self-reported infant feeding practices and beliefs using the Infant Feeding Questionnaire (Baughcum, 2001). Anthropometric data were also measured at baseline (infants aged 4 months). Multiple regression analysis was used, adjusting for infant age, gender, birth weight, infant feeding mode (breast vs. formula), maternal perceptions of infant weight status, pre-pregnancy weight, weight concern, age and education.

Results: The average child weight-for-age z-score (WAZ) was 0.62±0.83 (range:-1.56 to 2.94) and the mean change in WAZ (WAZ change) from 4 to 14 months was 0.62±0.69 (range:-1.50 to 2.76). Feeding practices/beliefs partly explained child WAZ (R2=0.28) and WAZ change (R2=0.13) in the adjusted models. While child weight status at 14 months was inversely associated with responsive feeding (e.g. baby feeds whenever she wants, feeding to stop baby being unsettled) (β=-0.104, p=0.06) and maternal concern about the child becoming underweight (β=-0.224, p<0.001), it was positively associated with mother’s concern about child overweight (β=0.197, p<0.05). Birth weight, infant’s age, maternal weight concern and perceiving her child as overweight were significant covariates. WAZ change was only significantly associated with responsive feeding (β=-0.147, p<0.05).

Conclusion: Responsive feeding may be an important strategy to promote healthy child weight.

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ID Code: 48548
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Abstract not complete poster published in journal.
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Keywords: Feeding, Weight, Infant, Responsive
ISSN: 1467-789X
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult authors
Deposited On: 09 Feb 2012 22:49
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2012 22:49

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