Relationships between maternal overweight prior to pregnancy, feeding mode and infant feeding beliefs and practices

Rametta, Emily, Mallan, Kimberley M., Daniels, Lynne, & de Jersey, Susan J. (2015) Relationships between maternal overweight prior to pregnancy, feeding mode and infant feeding beliefs and practices. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(9), pp. 913-919.

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To examine whether pre-pregnancy weight status was associated with maternal feeding beliefs and practices in the early post-partum period.


Secondary analysis of longitudinal data from Australian mothers. Participants (N=486) were divided into two weight status groups based on self-reported pre-pregnancy weight and measured height: healthy weight (BMI <25kg/m2; n=321) and overweight (BMI>25kg/m2; n=165). Feeding beliefs and practices were self-reported via an established questionnaire that assessed concerns about infant overeating and undereating, awareness of infant cues, feeding to a schedule, and using food to calm.


Infants of overweight mothers were more likely to have been given solid foods in the previous 24hrs (29% vs 20%) and fewer were fully breastfed (50% vs 64%). Multivariable regression analyses (adjusted for maternal education, parity, average infant weekly weight gain, feeding mode and introduction of solids) revealed pre-pregnancy weight status was not associated with using food to calm, concern about undereating, awareness of infant cues or feeding to a schedule. However feeding mode was associated with feeding beliefs and practices.


Although no evidence for a relationship between maternal weight status and early maternal feeding beliefs and practices was observed, differences in feeding mode and early introduction of solids was observed. The emergence of a relationship between feeding practices and maternal weight status may occur when the children are older, solid feeding is established and they become more independent in feeding.

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ID Code: 81942
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: feeding beliefs and practices, breastfeeding, maternal weight, infant cues
DOI: 10.1111/jpc.12878
ISSN: 1440-1754
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
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 2015 The Author. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2015 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Deposited On: 22 Feb 2015 23:13
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2016 05:35

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