Breastfeeding mothers consume more vegetables and a greater variety of fruits and vegetables than non-breastfeeding peers : the influence of socioeconomic position

Leslie, Deborah A., Hesketh, Kylie D. and Campbell, Karen J. 2012, Breastfeeding mothers consume more vegetables and a greater variety of fruits and vegetables than non-breastfeeding peers : the influence of socioeconomic position, Nutrition and dietetics, vol. 69, no. 2, pp. 84-90.

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Title Breastfeeding mothers consume more vegetables and a greater variety of fruits and vegetables than non-breastfeeding peers : the influence of socioeconomic position
Author(s) Leslie, Deborah A.
Hesketh, Kylie D.
Campbell, Karen J.
Journal name Nutrition and dietetics
Volume number 69
Issue number 2
Start page 84
End page 90
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2012-06
ISSN 1446-6368
1747-0080
Keyword(s) breastfeeding
fruit intake
infant diet
maternal diet
socioeconomic position
vegetable intake
Summary Aim:  This study compared the diets of breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding mothers from socioeconomically diverse regions of Melbourne to determine whether breastfeeding is a marker for healthier maternal dietary intakes.

Methods:
  This cross-sectional study obtained information via self-reported questionnaire from 529 first-time Melbourne mothers. Breastfeeding status was determined when the children were 3.9 months. Diet information was obtained using a validated Food Frequency Questionnaire. Maternal diet was assessed by seven indicators: average daily intake of fruit, vegetables, non-core drinks, non-core sweet snacks, non-core savoury snacks, variety of fruit and variety of vegetables eaten in the preceding 12 months. Associations between breastfeeding status and each dietary variable were assessed using linear regression analyses. Socioeconomic position, maternal body mass index and the cluster-based sampling design were controlled for.

Results:
  Of the 529 subjects, 70% were breastfeeding their child. Compared with non-breastfeeding mothers, breastfeeding mothers were found to consume more serves of vegetables (P= 0.001), a greater variety of fruit and vegetables (P= 0.001 and P≤ 0.001 respectively), and sweet snacks were consumed more frequently (P= 0.006). Differences were observed between low and high socioeconomic position mothers for fruit serves (P= 0.003), vegetable serves (P= 0.010) and fruit variety (P= 0.006). These associations persisted after controlling for socioeconomic position and maternal body mass index.

Conclusions: 
The association between infant feeding (breastfeeding) and some aspects of maternal diet provides further evidence suggesting a link between maternal and child diets from a younger age than previously examined.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, The Authors
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