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Article: Breastfeeding and weaning practices among Hong Kong mothers: A prospective study

TitleBreastfeeding and weaning practices among Hong Kong mothers: A prospective study
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Issue Date2010
PublisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpregnancychildbirth/
Citation
Bmc Pregnancy And Childbirth, 2010, v. 10 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Breastfeeding provides optimal and complete nutrition for newborn babies. Although new mothers in Hong Kong are increasingly choosing to breastfeed their babies, rates of exclusive breastfeeding are low and duration remains short. The purpose of this study was to describe the breastfeeding and weaning practices of Hong Kong mothers over the infant's first year of life to determine the factors associated with early cessation.Methods: A cohort of 1417 mother-infant pairs was recruited from the obstetric units of four public hospitals in Hong Kong in the immediate post-partum period and followed prospectively for 12 months or until weaned. We used descriptive statistics to describe breastfeeding and weaning practices and multiple logistic regression to investigate the relationship between maternal characteristics and breastfeeding cessation.Results: At 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months only 63%, 37.3%, 26.9%, and 12.5% of the infants respectively, were still receiving any breast milk; approximately one-half of breastfeeding mothers were exclusively breastfeeding. Younger mothers, those with a longer duration of residence in Hong Kong, and those returning to work postpartum were more likely to wean before 1 month. Mothers with higher education, previous breastfeeding experience, who were breastfed themselves and those who were planning to exclusively breastfeed and whose husbands preferred breastfeeding were more likely to continue breastfeeding beyond 1 month. The introduction of infant formula before 1 month and returning to work postpartum were predictive of weaning before 3 months.Conclusions: Breastfeeding promotion programs have been successful in achieving high rates of breastfeeding initiation but the focus must now shift to helping new mothers exclusively breastfeed and sustain breastfeeding for longer. © 2010 Tarrant et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/124153
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.18
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.397
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Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region05060721
University of Hong Kong10207306
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Funding for this study was provided by the Health and Health Services Research Fund, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Grant: #05060721) and the University of Hong Kong (Grant: # 10207306). We also thank colleagues at the participating hospitals for their assistance and collaboration. Finally, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all the mothers and infants who have participated in this study.

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dc.contributor.authorTarrant, Men_HK
dc.contributor.authorFong, DYTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWu, KMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLee, ILYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, EMYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorSham, Aen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, Cen_HK
dc.contributor.authorDodgson, JEen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-27T06:20:29Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-27T06:20:29Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationBmc Pregnancy And Childbirth, 2010, v. 10en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1471-2393en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/124153-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Breastfeeding provides optimal and complete nutrition for newborn babies. Although new mothers in Hong Kong are increasingly choosing to breastfeed their babies, rates of exclusive breastfeeding are low and duration remains short. The purpose of this study was to describe the breastfeeding and weaning practices of Hong Kong mothers over the infant's first year of life to determine the factors associated with early cessation.Methods: A cohort of 1417 mother-infant pairs was recruited from the obstetric units of four public hospitals in Hong Kong in the immediate post-partum period and followed prospectively for 12 months or until weaned. We used descriptive statistics to describe breastfeeding and weaning practices and multiple logistic regression to investigate the relationship between maternal characteristics and breastfeeding cessation.Results: At 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months only 63%, 37.3%, 26.9%, and 12.5% of the infants respectively, were still receiving any breast milk; approximately one-half of breastfeeding mothers were exclusively breastfeeding. Younger mothers, those with a longer duration of residence in Hong Kong, and those returning to work postpartum were more likely to wean before 1 month. Mothers with higher education, previous breastfeeding experience, who were breastfed themselves and those who were planning to exclusively breastfeed and whose husbands preferred breastfeeding were more likely to continue breastfeeding beyond 1 month. The introduction of infant formula before 1 month and returning to work postpartum were predictive of weaning before 3 months.Conclusions: Breastfeeding promotion programs have been successful in achieving high rates of breastfeeding initiation but the focus must now shift to helping new mothers exclusively breastfeed and sustain breastfeeding for longer. © 2010 Tarrant et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpregnancychildbirth/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofBMC Pregnancy and Childbirthen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.meshAdult-
dc.subject.meshAttitude to Health - ethnology-
dc.subject.meshBreast Feeding - ethnology - statistics and numerical data-
dc.subject.meshMothers - education - psychology - statistics and numerical data-
dc.subject.meshWeaning - ethnology-
dc.titleBreastfeeding and weaning practices among Hong Kong mothers: A prospective studyen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1471-2393&volume=10 article no. 27&spage=&epage=&date=2010&atitle=Breastfeeding+and+weaning+practices+among+Hong+Kong+mothers:+a+prospective+study-
dc.identifier.emailTarrant, M: tarrantm@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailFong, DYT: dytfong@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1471-2393-10-27en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid20509959-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC2887376-
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dc.identifier.volume10en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
dc.relation.projectChanging infant feeding models: impact of cessation of complimentary infant formula in public hospitals on the duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding-
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