Effect of gestation on initiation and duration of breastfeeding

Donath, S. M.; Amir, L. H.
November 2008
Archives of Disease in Childhood -- Fetal & Neonatal Edition;Nov2008, Vol. 93 Issue 6, pF448
Academic Journal
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of gestation on initiation and duration of breastfeeding in Australian infants. Methods: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children recruited a national sample of children born between March 2003 and February 2004 (n = 3600 in this multivariate sample). Results: Breastfeeding initiation was lower for infants of 35-36 weeks' gestation (88.2%) than 37-39 weeks' gestation (92.0%) and ⩾40 weeks' gestation (93.9%). At 6 months, 41.2% of infants 35-36 weeks' gestation were breastfeeding compared with 54.5% of 37-39 weeks' gestation infants and 60.5% of infants born ⩾40 weeks. Compared with infants born ⩾40 weeks, infants born at 35-36 weeks had an adjusted odds ratio (OR) of 0.51 (95% Cl 0.34 to 0.76) and infants born at 37-39 weeks had an adjusted OR of 0.80 (95% Cl 0.69 to 0.93) of breastfeeding at 6 months. Conclusion: Infants born before 40 weeks are at greater risk of being artificially fed than infants born ⩾40 weeks.


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