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Mothers' perceptions of the influences on their child feeding practices - a qualitative study

Spence, Alison C., Hesketh, Kylie D., Crawford, David A. and Campbell, Karen J. 2016, Mothers' perceptions of the influences on their child feeding practices - a qualitative study, Appetite, vol. 105, pp. 596-603, doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.06.031.

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Title Mothers' perceptions of the influences on their child feeding practices - a qualitative study
Author(s) Spence, Alison C.
Hesketh, Kylie D.
Crawford, David A.
Campbell, Karen J.
Journal name Appetite
Volume number 105
Start page 596
End page 603
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-10-01
ISSN 0195-6663
1095-8304
Keyword(s) early childhood
feeding practices
influences
maternal
toddler
Summary Children's diets are important determinants of their health, but typically do not meet recommendations. Parents' feeding practices, such as pressure or restriction, are important influences on child diets, but reasons why parents use particular feeding practices, and malleability of such practices, are not well understood. This qualitative study aimed to explore mothers' perceptions of influences on their feeding practices, and assess whether an intervention promoting recommended feeding practices was perceived as influential. The Melbourne Infant Feeding, Activity and Nutrition Trial (InFANT) Program was a cluster-randomised controlled trial involving 542 families aiming to improve child diets. Following the trial, when children were two years old, 81 intervention arm mothers were invited to participate in qualitative interviews, and 26 accepted (32%). Thematic analysis of interview transcripts used a tabular thematic framework. Eight major themes were identified regarding perceived influences on child feeding practices. Broadly these encompassed: practical considerations, family setting, formal information sources, parents' own upbringing, learning from friends and family, learning from child and experiences, and parents' beliefs about food and feeding. Additionally, the Melbourne InFANT Program was perceived by most respondents as influential. In particular, many mothers reported being previously unaware of some recommended feeding practices, and that learning and adopting those practices made child feeding easier. These findings suggest that a variety of influences impact mothers' child feeding practices. Health practitioners should consider these factors in providing feeding advice to parents, and researchers should consider these factors in planning interventions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2016.06.031
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
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID NHMRC 425801
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
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Free to Read Start Date 2018-10-02
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084717

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