Print Email Facebook Twitter Infant milk feeding practices in the Netherlands and associated factors Title Infant milk feeding practices in the Netherlands and associated factors Author Lanting, C.I. van Wouwe, J.P. Reijneveld, S.A. Publication year 2005 Abstract Aim: The aim of the study was to describe infant feeding practices and associated factors, and to explore mothers' main reasons for starting and stopping breastfeeding. Methods: We performed a national inquiry into milk feeding practices among 9133 Dutch infants aged <7 mo by means of a questionnaire. Results: 78% of mothers initiated breastfeeding. At 1 and 4 mo, respectively, 51 and 25% of infants were fed primarily on human milk; after 6 mo, only 15% of mothers still provided human milk as the only source of milk feeding. During the whole 6-mo period, another 11 to 18% was fed on both breast and formula milk. Women initiating breastfeeding were more likely to be higher educated, have a higher-educated partner, be non-smokers, have a full-time job, and be primipareous. In addition, breastfeeding initiation rate was higher for women born outside the Netherlands. Longer duration of breastfeeding was mostly found amongst higher-educated, non-smoking women. The odds for continuation of breastfeeding after 4 mo increased when mothers' working hours did not exceed 16 h/wk. Infant delivery at home was associated with a higher initiation rate as well as longer duration of breastfeeding compared to hospital delivery. Infants born after ≥38 wk of gestation, with a birthweight of ≥3500 g had higher odds to be breastfed for a longer period. Conclusion: Only a minority of Dutch infants is breastfed for 6 mo. Maternal and infant characteristics are important predictors of breastfeeding initiation and duration. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd. Subject HealthDemographyHome deliveryInfant feedingInfantsArtificial milkBirth weightControlled studyData analysisEducationEmploymentFemaleHome deliveryHospitalHuman experimentInfantInfant feedingMaleMaternal behaviorPregnancyQuestionnaireAdultAttitudeBreast FeedingDecision MakingEducational StatusFemaleHome ChildbirthHumansInfant FormulaLogistic ModelsNetherlandsSmoking To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:12a3d56a-f2ae-4e46-960a-86e5ecdb778e DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/08035250510036723 TNO identifier 238562 ISSN 0803-5253 Source Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, 94 (7), 935-942 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.