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Maternal decisions about the initiation and termination of infant feeding.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17977617     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Caregiver responsiveness to infant hunger and fullness cues is thought to play a role in the development of overweight during infancy, but this aspect of infant feeding has received little study. This research used a qualitative approach to understand aspects of feeding responsiveness involving maternal perception and interpretation of infant feeding cues by asking mothers about factors they used to initiate and terminate infant feeding. Participants were 71 ethnically diverse mothers of healthy, term infants at 3, 6, or 12 months of age. Mothers were asked three questions about feeding initiation and termination. Qualitative content analysis was used to derive major themes. Results revealed that the extent to which infant cues were prominent in maternal approaches to feeding was variable. Some mothers focused on amount consumed or eating schedule whereas others reported sole orientation to infant state and/or oral behaviors. Other themes involved the range of intensity and specificity of the infant cues that prompted feeding initiation and termination. The qualitative findings suggest that mothers may differ in the extent to which they perceive and rely upon infant hunger and fullness cues to initiate and terminate feeding.
Eric A Hodges; Sheryl O Hughes; Judy Hopkinson; Jennifer O Fisher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2007-09-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Appetite     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0195-6663     ISO Abbreviation:  Appetite     Publication Date:    2008 Mar-May
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-03     Completed Date:  2008-08-15     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006808     Medline TA:  Appetite     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  333-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, 1100 Bates Street, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Decision Making
Feeding Behavior / physiology,  psychology*
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Behavior
Mothers / psychology*
Overweight / etiology
Parenting / psychology*
Time Factors
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