Infant Feeding Survey Calls On Chinese Mothers

12:26' 06-06-2018
A Deakin University research team has put out a call for Chinese mothers in Australia to join a study of infant feeding practices, aiming to help them achieve the best health outcome for both themselves and their baby.

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    The study will explore the rates of exclusive breastfeeding and breastfeeding duration of Chinese immigrant mothers in Australia, and the key sources of information or support they draw on.

    The study is seeking Chinese mothers in Australia aged 18 years or older, with a child aged 1-3 years, that was born in Australia. The mothers, or their parents, must have been born in mainland China, Taiwan or Hong Kong.

    Lead investigator, Ms Konsita Kuswara, a PhD student at Deakin University's Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), said that feeding practices early in life are important for future health.

    “We know that many Chinese mothers in Australia breast feed their babies initially, but they are more likely to introduce infant formula and water based drinks at an earlier age than the general Australian population,” Ms Kuswara said.

    “A significant number of these mothers also introduce solid foods before four months of age. However, the Australian Infant Feeding Guidelines recommend exclusive breastfeeding until about six months of age, when solid foods can be gradually introduced.”

    It is known from previous IPAN research that Chinese immigrant mothers in Australia are more likely to use infant formula in combination with breastfeeding. This may be due to conflicting views from grandparents, or anxiety about whether their baby is getting enough nourishment from breastfeeding alone.

    The online survey will explore infant feeding practices in the first 12 months, so mothers will be asked to recall their breastfeeding practices in that time. Participants will go in the draw to win one of five $100 supermarket vouchers.

    To register for the study, please go to bit.ly/CNmums or search Facebook for “Chinese Australian infant feeding study”.

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