Grace, T and Oddy, W and Bulsara, M and Hands, B, Breastfeeding and motor development: A longitudinal cohort study, Human Movement Science, 51 pp. 9-16. ISSN 0167-9457 (2017) [Refereed Article]
Copyright 2016 Elsevier B.V.
Methods: Data were obtained from the Western Australian Pregnancy (Raine) Study. There were 2868 live births recorded and children were examined for motor proficiency at 10 (M = 10.54, SD = 2.27), 14 (M = 14.02, SD = 2.33) and 17 (M = 16.99, SD = 2.97) years using the McCarron Assessment of Neuromuscular Development (MAND). Using linear mixed models, adjusted for covariates known to affect motor development, the influence of predominant breast feeding for < 6months and ⩾ 6months on motor development outcomes was examined.
Results: Breast feeding for ⩾ 6months was positively associated with improved motor development outcomes at 10, 14 and 17 years of age (p = 0.019, β 1.38) when adjusted for child's sex, maternal age, alcohol intake, family income, hypertensive status, gestational stress and mode of delivery.
Conclusion: Early life feeding practices have an influence on motor development outcomes into late childhood and adolescence independent of sociodemographic factors.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||breastfeeding, child development, motor development, Raine Study|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Nutrition and Dietetics|
|Research Field:||Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified|
|Objective Group:||Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)|
|UTAS Author:||Oddy, W (Professor Wendy Oddy)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||10|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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