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J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2007 Apr-Jun;21(2):165-72.

Opposing effects of maternal and paternal socioeconomic status on neonatal feeding method, place of sleep, and maternal sleep time.

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Department of Professional Roles and Mental Health Nursing, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 37614, USA. glennl@etsu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study was conducted to compare the relative influence of the socioeconomic status of both mothers and fathers on feeding method and cosleeping.

METHODS:

The time and method of feeding and sleeping were recorded in a log during the 4th-week postpartum and analyzed according to the parental Hollingshead Index of Social Position in 33 families with their first newborn.

RESULTS:

The effect of socioeconomic status on feeding and sleep was parent specific. Low socioeconomic status of the mother, but not the father, was associated with cosleeping (t = 2.39, P < .01); whereas, a low socioeconomic status of the father, but not the mother, was associated with bottle-feeding rather than breast-feeding (t = 1.94, P < .05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Socioeconomic status of the parents differentially affects neonatal care. Programs to increase breast-feeding rates would be most effective if designed for and aimed at the fathers.

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