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Maternal perceptions of infant hunger, satiety, and pressuring feeding styles in an urban Latina WIC population.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20004633     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: Controlling feeding styles in which parents regulate feeding without responding to child cues have been associated with poor self-regulation of feeding and increased weight, but have not been well studied in infancy. We sought to assess maternal perception of infant feeding cues and pressuring feeding styles in an urban Latina Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) population. METHODS: Secondary analysis of a larger study of Latina mothers participating in New York City WIC programs. We examined maternal perception of infant feeding cues and pressuring feeding style. Using logistic regression, we assessed: 1) characteristics associated with perceptions of cues and pressuring to feed, including sociodemographics, breastfeeding, and maternal body mass index; and 2) whether perceptions of cues were associated with pressuring feeding style. RESULTS: We surveyed 368 mothers (84% response rate). Most mothers perceived that babies sense their own satiety. However, 72% believed that infant crying must indicate hunger. Fifty-three percent believed that mothers should always make babies finish the bottle ("pressure to feed"). Pressuring feeding style was associated with foreign maternal country of birth (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] 3.05; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.66-5.60) and less than a high school education (AOR 1.81; 95% CI, 1.12-2.91). Two perceptions of feeding cues were related to pressuring feeding style: belief that infant crying must indicate hunger (AOR 2.59; 95% CI, 1.52-4.42) and infant hand sucking implies hunger (AOR 1.83; 95% CI, 1.10-3.03). CONCLUSIONS: Maternal characteristics influence perception of infant hunger and satiety. Interpretation of feeding cues is associated with pressuring feeding style. Improving responsiveness to infant cues should be a component of early childhood obesity prevention.
Authors:
Rachel S Gross; Arthur H Fierman; Alan L Mendelsohn; Mary Ann Chiasson; Terry J Rosenberg; Roberta Scheinmann; Mary Jo Messito
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.     Date:  2009-12-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Academic pediatrics     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1876-2867     ISO Abbreviation:  Acad Pediatr     Publication Date:    2010 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-04     Completed Date:  2010-04-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101499145     Medline TA:  Acad Pediatr     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  29-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
2010 Academic Pediatric Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Department of General Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY 10467-2490, USA. rgross@montefiore.org
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Breast Feeding
Female
Hispanic Americans / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Humans
Hunger*
Infant
Infant Behavior / psychology*
Infant Welfare
Infant, Newborn
Logistic Models
Male
Maternal Behavior* / ethnology,  psychology
Mother-Child Relations* / ethnology
Mothers / psychology
New York City
Obesity / psychology
Perception*
Risk Factors
Urban Population
Young Adult
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
T01 CD000146/CD/CDC HHS

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