Cromie, EA and Shepherd, CC and Zubrick, SR and Oddy, WH, Breastfeeding duration and residential isolation amid aboriginal children in Western Australia, Nutrients, 4, (12) pp. 2020-2034. ISSN 2072-6643 (2012) [Refereed Article]
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METHODS: A population-based cross-sectional survey was conducted from 2000 to 2002 in urban, rural and remote settings across Western Australia. Cross-tabulations and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed, using survey weights to produce unbiased estimates for the population of Aboriginal children. Data on demographic, maternal and infant characteristics were collected from 3932 Aboriginal birth mothers about their children aged 0-17 years (representing 22,100 Aboriginal children in Western Australia).
RESULTS: 71% of Aboriginal children were breastfed for three months or more. Accounting for other factors, there was a strong gradient for breastfeeding duration by remoteness, with Aboriginal children living in areas of moderate isolation being 3.2 times more likely to be breastfed for three months or more (p < 0.001) compared to children in metropolitan Perth. Those in areas of extreme isolation were 8.6 times more likely to be breastfed for three months or longer (p < 0.001).
CONCLUSIONS: Greater residential isolation a protective factor linked to longer breastfeeding duration for Aboriginal children in our West Australian cohort.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||breastfeeding duration, Australian Aboriginal children, isolation|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Nutrition and Dietetics|
|Research Field:||Clinical and Sports Nutrition|
|Objective Group:||Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)|
|UTAS Author:||Oddy, WH (Professor Wendy Oddy)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||6|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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