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Ethnic variation in infant-feeding practices in the Netherlands and weight gain at 4 months.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18281355     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This prospective study of 4438 infants (0-4 months) examined differences in infant-feeding patterns in relation to the ethnic origin of their mothers, based on the mother's native language: Dutch (87%), Turkish (4%), Moroccan (3%), other European languages (3%), and various other languages (4%). Breastfeeding at birth varied between 75% and 94%. Dutch and Moroccan mothers breastfed for a shorter period (32% and 37% at 4 months, respectively) than did Turkish mothers and mothers with a native European language other than Dutch (47% and 51% at 4 months, respectively; P < .001). Of all mothers, 71% started exclusive breastfeeding at birth, and 21% continued exclusive breastfeeding for at least 4 months. The reasons why mothers discontinued breastfeeding (both exclusive breastfeeding and breastfeeding) were generally infant related. The average weight gain between birth and day 133 was 3.45, 3.87, and 3.69 kg for Dutch, Turkish, and Moroccan infants, respectively. Weight gain was influenced by ethnicity of the mothers and exclusive breastfeeding.
Anneke M W Bulk-Bunschoten; Pieternel C M Pasker-de Jong; Jacobus P van Wouwe; Cornelis J de Groot
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0890-3344     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Lact     Publication Date:  2008 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-18     Completed Date:  2008-03-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709498     Medline TA:  J Hum Lact     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  42-9     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Public and Occupational Health and the EMGO Institute VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / epidemiology*,  ethnology*
Child Development / physiology
Cohort Studies
Infant Care / methods*
Infant, Newborn / growth & development*
Morocco / ethnology
Prospective Studies
Turkey / ethnology
Weight Gain*

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