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Maternal mental health and infant dietary patterns in a statewide sample of Maryland WIC participants.
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PMID:  23167622     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The study's objective was to examine the relation between maternal mental health and infant dietary intake. A cross-sectional, population-based telephone survey was employed within a statewide sample of Maryland Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children participants. A 24-h diet recall was performed using the United States Department of Agriculture Automated Multiple-Pass Method. Analyses presented were based on 689 mother-infant pairs. Overall, 36.5% of mothers reported introducing solids to their infants early (<4 months of age), and 40% reported adding cereal to their infant's bottle. Among 0-6-month-old infants, higher infant energy intake was associated with symptoms of maternal stress [β = 0.02; confidence interval (CI): 0.01, 0.04], depression (β = 0.04; CI: 0.01, 0.06) and overall maternal psychological distress (β = 0.02; CI: 0.003, 0.03). With early introduction of solids in the model, the significant associations between infant energy intake and maternal stress and maternal psychological distress became marginal (P's = 0.06-0.10). The association between infant energy intake and maternal depression remained significant (β = 0.03; CI: 0.01, 0.06). Among 4-6-month-old infants, intakes of breads and cereals were higher among mothers who reported more symptoms of stress (β = 0.12; CI: 0.04, 0.23), depression (β = 0.19; CI: 0.03, 0.34), anxiety (β = 0.15; CI: 0.02, 0.27) and overall psychological distress (β = 0.04; CI: 0.01, 0.07). Among 7-12-month-old infants, dietary intake was not related to mental health symptoms. Findings suggest poorer infant feeding practices and higher infant dietary intake during the first 6 months of age in the context of maternal mental health symptoms. Further research is needed to evaluate these effects on child dietary habits and growth patterns over time.
Authors:
Kristen M Hurley; Maureen M Black; Brian C Merry; Laura E Caulfield
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Maternal & child nutrition     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1740-8709     ISO Abbreviation:  Matern Child Nutr     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101201025     Medline TA:  Matern Child Nutr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Affiliation:
Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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