Influence of peers on breastfeeding discontinuation among new parents : the Melbourne InFANT Program

Cameron, Adrian, Hesketh, Kylie, Ball, Kylie, Crawford, David and Campbell, Karen 2010, Influence of peers on breastfeeding discontinuation among new parents : the Melbourne InFANT Program, Pediatrics, vol. 126, no. 3, pp. e601-e607, doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-0771.

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Title Influence of peers on breastfeeding discontinuation among new parents : the Melbourne InFANT Program
Author(s) Cameron, AdrianORCID iD for Cameron, Adrian
Hesketh, KylieORCID iD for Hesketh, Kylie
Ball, KylieORCID iD for Ball, Kylie
Crawford, DavidORCID iD for Crawford, David
Campbell, KarenORCID iD for Campbell, Karen
Journal name Pediatrics
Volume number 126
Issue number 3
Start page e601
End page e607
Total pages 8
Publisher American Academy of Pediatrics
Place of publication Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Publication date 2010-09
ISSN 0031-4005
Keyword(s) breastfeeding
health promotion
Summary OBJECTIVE We aimed to investigate whether the proportion of breastfeeding mothers in first-time parent groups influenced the likelihood of ceasing breastfeeding and whether this was independent of socioeconomic position.
METHODS Data were from 501 mothers (from 62 first-time parent groups initiated ~6 weeks after birth) who provided data at the baseline and mid-intervention assessments of the Melbourne Infant Feeding, Activity, and Nutrition Trial. Parent groups were divided into those in which ≤25% of mothers had ceased breastfeeding by 6 weeks (low-cessation groups) and those in which >25% had ceased by 6 weeks (high-cessation groups).
RESULTS With the exclusion of mothers who had already ceased breastfeeding by 6 weeks, the proportion of mothers who ceased breastfeeding between the time of parent group initiation (6 weeks) and 6 months was higher in high-cessation groups than in low-cessation groups (37.4% vs 21.7%; P = .001). After adjustment for maternal age, BMI, employment, and education and area-level socioeconomic position, membership in a group in which a large proportion of mothers had ceased breastfeeding by 6 weeks was strongly related to cessation of breastfeeding before 6 months (odds ratio: 2.1 [95% confidence interval: 1.3–3.3]).
CONCLUSIONS Attendance at parent groups where peers are breastfeeding infants of a similar age may have an important influence on the continuation of breastfeeding to 6 months. First-time parent groups or other similar groups may be an important setting in which to promote the continuation of breastfeeding.
Notes Published online August 2, 2010
Language eng
DOI 10.1542/peds.2010-0771
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
Grant ID NHMRC 425801
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, American Academy of Pediatrics.
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