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Maternal obesity, health status during pregnancy, and breastfeeding initiation and duration.
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PMID:  19626567     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether maternal prepregnancy overweight/obesity has independent effects on breastfeeding initiation and duration and whether these effects are different for women who experience medical problems during pregnancy or labor/delivery complications in comparison with those who have no medical or labor/delivery complications. METHODS: We used the early childhood longitudinal study-birth cohort data. Kaplan-Meier survival functions, logistic, and Cox regression modeling were used in the analyses. RESULTS: Findings indicate that overweight/obese women with medical or labor/delivery complications were less likely to initiate breastfeeding in comparison with their counterparts of normal weight. We did not find an independent effect of prepregnancy overweight/obesity on breastfeeding initiation among women with no medical problems. This group of women, however, had an 11% increased risk of stopping breastfeeding with each additional month of breastfeeding duration in comparison to those of normal weight. CONCLUSIONS: It is important to evaluate the health history and pregnancy complications among overweight/obese mothers in developing interventions for successful initiation and duration of breastfeeding.
Panagiota Kitsantas; Lisa R Pawloski
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1476-4954     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Matern. Fetal. Neonatal. Med.     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-18     Completed Date:  2010-05-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101136916     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  135-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Health Administration and Policy, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia 22030, USA.
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MeSH Terms
African Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
Body Mass Index
Breast Feeding* / statistics & numerical data
Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data
Health Status*
Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data
Obesity / complications*,  epidemiology,  physiopathology
Obstetric Labor Complications / physiopathology
Overweight / complications,  epidemiology,  physiopathology
Pregnancy Complications / physiopathology*
Smoking / adverse effects,  epidemiology
Social Class
Time Factors

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