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

Martini, Maria Giulia
Taborelli, Emma
Schmidt, Ulrike
Treasure, Janet
Published in European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association. 2019, vol. 27, no. 2, p. 137-146
Abstract 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.
Keywords AdultAttitudeBreast Feeding/psychology/statistics & numerical dataCase-Control StudiesFeeding Behavior/psychologyFeeding and Eating Disorders/epidemiologyFemaleHumansInfantLongitudinal StudiesMaleMothers/psychology/statistics & numerical data
PMID: 30033569
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Research group Troubles de l'alimentation, des comportements alimentaires et autres troubles associés (996)
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MARTINI, Maria Giulia et al. Infant feeding behaviours and attitudes to feeding amongst mothers with eating disorders: A longitudinal study. In: European Eating Disorders Review, 2019, vol. 27, n° 2, p. 137-146. doi: 10.1002/erv.2626 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:123089

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