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Lewis, Krishta-Gay ; Meeks Gardner,Julie ; Thomas,Joan
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Feeding Styles of Urban Jamaican Mothers and the Effect on their Children’s Nutritional Status
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Promoting Child Rights Through Research : Caribbean Child Research Conference
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October 23-24, 2007
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Jamaica Conference Center, Kingston, Jamaica
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The purpose of this study was to examine the feeding practices of a group of poor urban mothers, and to determine whether the maternal feeding style is related to the nutritional status of the child. The mothers of 57 children aged 4 to 24 months, selected from a poor community in urban Clarendon, were interviewed about their feeding practices using a structured, face-to-face questionnaire. The lengths and weights of the children were also measured. The mothers were grouped according to their feeding styles. The children’s nutritional status was determined according to WHO standards. ANOVA was used to examine the effect of the mothers’ feeding styles on their children’s nutritional status. Seven children (12.3%) showed stunting, six (10.5%) were underweight and eight (14.0%) were wasted. A total of six (10.8%) of the infants were overweight. The mothers’ breastfeeding and complementary feeding patterns were similar to the finding of previous studies. However, their feeding styles did not significantly affect their children’s nutritional status. Although there was no effect of the mothers’ feeding styles on their children’s nutritional status, the undernourished children were more likely to have mothers with low feeding style scores, indicating a possible relationship between feeding style and nutritional status. Further studies are recommended to determine a clear relationship between feeding style and nutritional status of children.....
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