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Breastfeeding duration and residential isolation amid aboriginal children in Western Australia

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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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DOI: doi:10.3390/nu4122020

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To examine factors that impact on breastfeeding duration among Western Australian Aboriginal children. We hypothesised that Aboriginal children living in remote locations in Western Australia were breastfed for longer than those living in metropolitan locations.

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 Details

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 Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Nutrition
Author:Oddy, WH (Professor Wendy Oddy)
ID Code:108022
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2016-04-04
Last Modified:2017-12-05
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