The role of feeding practices in the relationship between postpartum depression and child growth: Analysis of the All Our Babies study
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among postpartum depression at 4 months of age, feeding practices and child growth at age 2 years. This study used data from 1881 mothers participating in the All Our Babies Study in Calgary. The mothers participated in five surveys between 24 weeks gestation and 2 years of child age. Multivariable regression analysis was done. Postpartum depression was negatively related to exclusive breastfeeding duration (β = -2.30 weeks, 95% CI: -4.39, -0.22). Postpartum depression and feeding practices were unrelated to child growth at age 2 years. We found mothers with postpartum depression at 4 months terminated exclusive breastfeeding earlier (2.3 weeks) than mothers without postpartum depression whose average exclusive breastfeeding duration was 20.2 weeks. The findings suggest a need for breastfeeding support for mothers with postpartum depression to sustain breastfeeding to the recommended duration.
postpartum depression, child growth, feeding practices, All Our Babies Study
Lee, Y. (2017). The role of feeding practices in the relationship between postpartum depression and child growth: Analysis of the All Our Babies study (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from https://prism.ucalgary.ca.