Introducing solids and water to Australian infants

Brodribb, Wendy and Miller, Yvette (2013) Introducing solids and water to Australian infants. Journal of Human Lactation, 29 2: 214-221. doi:10.1177/0890334413478177

Author Brodribb, Wendy
Miller, Yvette
Title Introducing solids and water to Australian infants
Journal name Journal of Human Lactation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0890-3344
Publication date 2013-05-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0890334413478177
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 29
Issue 2
Start page 214
End page 221
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Recommendations for the introduction of solids and fluids to an infant’s diet have changed over the past decade. Since these changes, there has been minimal research to determine patterns in the introduction of foods and fluids to infants.

Methods: This retrospective cohort study surveyed mothers who birthed in Queensland, Australia, from February 1 to May 31, 2010, around 4 months postpartum. Frequencies of foods and fluids given to infants at 4, 8, 13, and 17 weeks were described. Logistic regression determined associations between infant feeding practices, the introduction of other foods and fluids at 17 weeks, and sociodemographic characteristics.

Results: Response rate was 35.8%. At 17 weeks, 68% of infants were breastfed and 33% exclusively breastfed. Solids and water had been introduced in 8.6% and 35.0% of infants, respectively. The introduction of solids by 17 weeks was associated with younger maternal age and the infant being given water and infant formula at 4 weeks. The infant being given water at 17 weeks was associated with younger maternal age, the infant being given infant formula at 4 weeks, level of education, relative socioeconomic disadvantage, parity, and birth facility.

: Over the past decade, there has been a significant reduction in the proportion of infants in Australia who have been given solids by 17 weeks. Sociodemographic characteristics and formula feeding practices at 4 weeks were associated with the introduction of solids and water by 17 weeks. Further research should examine these barriers to improve compliance with current infant feeding recommendations.

Keyword Australia
Complementary feeding
Solid foods
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Breastfeeding Down Under. Published online before print March 14, 2013

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