Breast feeding duration in consecutive offspring: A prospective study from southern Brazil

C. G. Victora, S. R. Huttly, F. C. Barros, J. P. Vaughan

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Abstract

The association between breast feeding duration in two consecutive pregnancies was studied in a prospective study in southern Brazil. In a population-based sample of 5960 women giving birth in 1982, 1386 delivered a second child within 4 years. The data were analyzed using life table techniques. The duration of breast feeding of the second child increased directly according to the duration the previous child had been breast fed. In particular, when the previous child had been breast fed for 6 months or more, the subsequent child was clearly more likely to be breast fed. However, when the previous child had been breast fed for under 6 months, the differences among subsequent children disappeared after 3-6 months. These differences were still present after stratification by family income, maternal education and parity. Mothers with a previous unsuccessful or problematic breast feeding experience should receive special priority in promotion campaigns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-14
Number of pages3
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Volume81
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • breast feeding
  • epidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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