Infant feeding in diverse families; the impact of ethnicity and migration on feeding practices

MARVIN-DOWLE, Katie, SOLTANI, Hora and SPENCER, Rachael (2021). Infant feeding in diverse families; the impact of ethnicity and migration on feeding practices. Midwifery, p. 103124.

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Objective: To investigate differences in infant feeding practices and styles by maternal migration status Design: Prospective cohort study Setting: Maternity unit of a large hospital in Northern England Participants: Women recruited to the Born in Bradford longitudinal cohort study Measurements: Breastfeeding initiation; breastfeeding at six months; breastfeeding at twelve months; timing of introduction of complementary feeding; maternal feeding style at twelve months. Findings: Migrant women were more likely to initiate breastfeeding and continue breastfeeding for longer compared to native women. Native women also introduced complementary feeding earlier than migrant women. There was evidence of feeding practices among second= generation migrants becoming increasingly more aligned with those of native women, with lower breastfeeding rates and earlier introduction of complementary feeding compared to first-generation migrants. Migrant women were more likely to adopt a ‘Demanding’ feeding style, with the strongest associations seen in first-generation migrants. Key conclusions: Migration status is an important factor to consider in reference to infant feeding practices. This is particularly important in considering intergenerational changes in families with migration backgrounds and the potential of culture to impact on family practices. Implications for practice: Interventions to maintain cultural norms around infant feeding in families with migration backgrounds would be beneficial, due to the observed higher rates of breastfeeding in first-generation migrants. Targeted interventions to improve breastfeeding in white British native women should consider the role that culture can play in encouraging positive health behaviours.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: AM ** Embargo end date: 31-12-9999 ** From Elsevier via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for AM version of this article: This article is under embargo with an end date yet to be finalised. **Journal IDs: issn 02666138 **History: issued 14-08-2021; accepted 09-08-2021
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Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2021 14:48
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