- by Dr Gowher Yusuf
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- Jul 21 2017
Guiding Maternal Dietary Habits Improves Infant Feeding Behaviors
Source: Pediatrics published online August 2012)
According to Ogden and colleagues, more than 20% of children are overweight before beginning kindergarten. Risk factors for childhood obesity include parental overweight, low vegetable and fruit intake, and high intake of fast food and sweet drinks. One strategy for obesity prevention is anticipatory guidance provided at well-child visits.
This cluster-randomized study by French and colleagues assesses the effectiveness of a mother-centered or infant-centered anticipatory guidance program compared vs usual Bright Futures (BF) anticipatory guidance on obesogenic infant feeding behaviors at age 12 months.
The authors say the 12-month results they obtained in the intervention groups were encouraging. "Providing mothers with information aimed at changing their own eating patterns showed positive differences in reported infant feeding behaviors," they write. "The mothers in both intervention groups (MOMS and OP) had healthier child feeding habits than those in the BF control group, with the maternal-focused MOMS group performing well in the number of servings of fruits and vegetables given to the infants, in spite of having no direct instructions to do so," the authors say.
"Brief specific interventions added to well-child care may affect obesogenic infant feeding behaviors of mothers and deserves further study as an inexpensive approach to preventing childhood obesity," they conclude.
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