Long-term duration of breastfeeding in Swedish low birth weight infants
2003 (English)In: Journal of Human Lactation, ISSN 0890-3344, E-ISSN 1552-5732, Vol. 19, no 2, 157-165 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to describe the long-term incidence of breastfeeding in a geographically defined cohort of low birth weight (LBW) (< 2500 g) Swedish infants (N = 70) at discharge from a neonatal unit and at the postnatal ages of 2, 4, 6, and 8 months. The infants' breastfeeding data were examined retrospectively and compared to annual breastfeeding data for all infants born in the same year and county (N = 2,751). Ninety-three percent of the LBW infants were fed breast milk at discharge and 36% at 6 months, compared to 97% and 75%, respectively, of the county population. Cox regression analysis showed that multiparity was a significant predictor associated with shorter breastfeeding in LBW infants (odds ratio = 2.51. 95% confidence interval, 1.35-4.69). LBW infants had a high breastfeeding incidence but a significantly shorter duration than controls. This result indicates the need for intensified support throughout the breastfeeding period.
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2003. Vol. 19, no 2, 157-165 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-65045DOI: 10.1177/0890334403252563PubMedID: 12744532OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-65045DiVA: diva2:92956