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Infant feeding and feeding problems experienced by mothers of a birth cohort of Pacific infants in New Zealand.
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PMID:  12737415     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To describe the rates of exclusive breastfeeding, combination feeding, formula only feeding and infant feeding problems experienced by mothers of a birth cohort of Pacific infants in New Zealand. METHODS: The data were gathered as part of the Pacific Islands Families Study, a prospective cohort study in which 1376 mothers of a cohort of 1398 Pacific infants born in Middlemore Hospital, South Auckland, New Zealand during 2000 were interviewed at home when their infants were six weeks old. Included in the interview were questions regarding method of infant feeding and any feeding problems experienced. RESULTS: At the time of discharge from hospital, 85.5% of mothers were exclusively breastfeeding. However, six weeks later this dropped to 50%. The rates of exclusive breastfeeding (p = 0.003) and combination breast and formula feeding (p < 0.001) differed amongst the main ethnic groups. Samoan mothers had the highest exclusive rate (55.7%), and Tongan mothers had the lowest rate (42.2%). Several mothers reported experiencing common feeding problems. Reasons for combination breast and formula and formula-only feeding are discussed. CONCLUSIONS: Exclusive breastfeeding rates fell below national targets and those found in recent New Zealand studies. Most of the feeding problems reported are modifiable with education and support. IMPLICATIONS: It is suggested that the benefits of breastfeeding need promoting and increased postnatal support should be provided to increase the rates of exclusive breastfeeding amongst Pacific women. Supporting Tongan women should be a priority, given the lower exclusive breastfeeding rates observed among Tongan mothers.
Sarnia Butler; Colin Tukuitonga; Janis Paterson; Maynard Williams
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pacific health dialog     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1015-7867     ISO Abbreviation:  Pac Health Dialog     Publication Date:  2002 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-09     Completed Date:  2003-08-26     Revised Date:  2009-07-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9434923     Medline TA:  Pac Health Dialog     Country:  New Zealand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  34-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Auckland University of Technology.
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MeSH Terms
Bottle Feeding / statistics & numerical data*
Breast Feeding / ethnology*
Cohort Studies
Infant Food
Infant, Newborn
Logistic Models
Mothers / psychology*
New Zealand
Pacific Islands / ethnology

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