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The Positive Role of Breastfeeding on Infant Health during the First 6 Weeks: Findings from a Prospective Observational Study Based on Maternal Reports
Tarrant, Roslyn; Sheridan-Pereira, Margaret; Younger, Katherine; Kearney, John
This study aimed to report on adverse infant and maternal clinical outcomes, and investigate the relationship between infant feedingpractice and such adverse clinical outcomes in infants during the first 6 weeks postpartum. From an eligible sample of 450 motherterminfant pairs recruited from the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in Dublin, 27.1% of infants (n=122) werematernally reported to have had an illness during the first 6 weeks that necessitated the provision of prescribed medication ± generalpractitioner/paediatrician attendance ± hospitalisation. Of these, 90 infants had ≥1 episode of infection ± viral ± gastro-intestinalrelatedcondition. After adjustment, ‘any’ breastfeeding to 6 weeks was protective against such adverse infant outcomes (adjustedodds ratio [aOR] 0.44, P = 0.022). Attendance to the GP/paediatrician for > 1 visit (aOR 3.44, P = 0.000) and multiparity (aOR 1.76,P = 0.041) were also positively associated with such adverse infant outcomes. To decrease infant morbidity rates in Ireland,government investment in breastfeeding promotion, support and research should be a continued public health priority.
Keyword(s): breastfeeding; infant nutrition; infant and maternal health; predictors of adverse infant outcomes; Community Health and Preventive Medicine; Maternal and Child Health; Medicine and Health Sciences; Public Health
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Contributor(s): Dr. John M Kearney; Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin's Street, Dublin 8
Institution: Dublin Institute of Technology
Citation(s): Articles
Publisher(s): Dublin Institute of Technology
File Format(s): application/pdf
First Indexed: 2012-03-23 05:49:48 Last Updated: 2017-12-14 06:59:31