Influence of weight concerns on breastfeeding: Evidence from the Norwegian mother and child cohort study

Seung Yong Han, Alexandra Slade

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Objectives: High body mass index (BMI) often predicts truncated breastfeeding, although why is unclear. We test a proposed mediating role of body concerns on breastfeeding initiation and child's age at weaning using longitudinal data for 55,522 mothers from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Methods: A linear regression-based mediation analysis with bootstrapping estimates the indirect effects of BMI on breastfeeding decisions (ever-initiation of breastfeeding, child's age at weaning, and duration of any breastfeeding beyond six months) through the variables of concern around prepregnancy weight and weight gains due to pregnancy. Results: Contrary to prediction, Norwegian mothers with greater prepregnancy weight concerns had a higher likelihood of initiating breastfeeding. Concerns about weight gain during pregnancy, however, predicted earlier weaning. This relationship was the same for higher and lower BMI mothers. Conclusion: In this very large sample, body image affects some breastfeeding decisions. However, this effect is independent of mother's body size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere23086
JournalAmerican Journal of Human Biology
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

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breast feeding
Breast Feeding
cohort studies
Cohort Studies
Mothers
Weights and Measures
weaning
evidence
Weaning
body mass
body mass index
pregnancy
Body Mass Index
Weight Gain
body image
weight gain
early weaning
Pregnancy
mediation

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Anthropology
  • Genetics

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Influence of weight concerns on breastfeeding : Evidence from the Norwegian mother and child cohort study. / Han, Seung Yong; Slade, Alexandra.

In: American Journal of Human Biology, Vol. 30, No. 2, e23086, 01.03.2018.

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