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Appl Nurs Res. 2015 Nov;28(4):316-21. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2015.03.007. Epub 2015 Mar 13.

Factors contributing to infant overfeeding in low-income immigrant Latina mothers.

Author information

1
School of Nursing, Hampton University, Hampton, VA, USA. Electronic address: diana.cartagena@hamptonu.edu.
2
Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA.
3
School of Nursing, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA.
4
Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA.
5
School of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Approximately 10% of U.S. infants and toddlers are considered overweight. Hispanic infants persistently show higher prevalence rates for being overweight compared to other infants. Little is known about factors promoting excessive infant weight gain in Latinos.

PURPOSE:

The aim of this study was to describe multidimensional factors and maternal feeding practices that may correlate with infant overfeeding in Latina mothers.

METHODS:

Participants were 62 low-income immigrant Latina mothers and their infants. Study measures were: acculturation; maternal feeding beliefs and practices; food availability; temperament; 24-hour dietary recall; and infant's weight-for-height z score.

RESULTS:

In regression models adjusted for infant's age, healthier feeding practices were significantly predicted by maternal education and infant's age. Most mothers preferred feeding their infants either formula or a combination of breast milk and formula. A significant proportion of the infants were overweight or obese and yet some mothers displayed difficulty recognizing this problem.

CONCLUSION:

Future intervention efforts should focus primarily on the promotion of healthy feeding practices that discourage overfeeding and support exclusive breastfeeding among this ethnic group.

KEYWORDS:

Breastfeeding; Hispanic mother; Infant feeding; Latina mother; Overfeeding

PMID:
26608432
DOI:
10.1016/j.apnr.2015.03.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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