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Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2019 Mar;27(2):137-146. doi: 10.1002/erv.2626. Epub 2018 Jul 22.

Infant feeding behaviours and attitudes to feeding amongst mothers with eating disorders: A longitudinal study.

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Behavioural and Brain Sciences Unit, Institute of Child Health, University College of London, London, UK.
Eating Disorders Research Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, London, UK.
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division, Department of Child and Adolescent Health, Geneva University Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland.


This study aims to investigate breastfeeding, infant feeding behaviours, and attitudes to feeding amongst women with eating disorders (ED) and healthy controls (HC). Women with active ED (C-ED; N = 25), past ED (P-ED; N = 28), and HC (N = 46) were recruited in pregnancy and followed up longitudinally. Post-natally infant feeding behaviour was investigated at 8 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year and parental modelling at 1 and 2 years. Women with P-ED and C-ED reported higher concerns about their infant being/becoming overweight compared with HC, respectively, at 8 weeks and 6 months and 6 months only post-partum. Women with P-ED showed less awareness of infant hunger and satiety cues compared with HC at 8 weeks. Despite few differences between ED and HC, both P-ED and C-ED predicted maternal attitudes and worries about child's eating. These are likely to impact on child's growth and later eating behaviours and might impact on the intergenerational transmission of ED.


children; eating disorders; feeding behaviour; mothers


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