Breast-feeding, maternal feeding practices and mealtime negativity at one year

C. Farrow, J. Blissett

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This paper explores whether breast-feeding, mediated by lower maternal use of controlling strategies, predicts more positive mealtime interactions between mothers and their 1 year old infants. Eighty-seven women completed questionnaires regarding breast-feeding, assessing their control over child feeding and mealtime negativity at 1 year of infant age. Seventy-four of these women were also observed feeding their infants solid food at 1 year. Mediation analyses demonstrated that the experience of breast-feeding, mediated by lower reported maternal control over child feeding, predicted maternal reports of less negative mealtime interactions. The experience of breast-feeding also predicted observations of less conflict at mealtimes, mediated by observations of maternal sensitivity during feeding interactions. The implications of these findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-56
Number of pages8
Issue number1
Early online date13 Dec 2005
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006


  • breast-feeding
  • control
  • pressure to eat
  • child feeding problems
  • observations


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