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Individual and Job-Related Variation in Infant Feeding Practices among Working Mothers

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Objective : To document working mothers' infant feeding practices and delineate factors that may shape infant feeding.

Methods : Cross-sectional data were obtained from a community sample of working women with 8-monthold infants (n=199).

Results : Nearly all working mothers used commercially prepared foods like infant cereals, fruits, and vegetables. Approximately one-fifth fed infants french fries, sweetened beverages, and sweetened desserts. Unhealthy infant feeding was elevated among unmarried mothers, those with less education, and those with a nonstandard work schedule.

Conclusions : Working mothers use commercially prepared foods for infant feeding. Socially disadvantaged working mothers' infant feeding may pose health and developmental risks.
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Keywords: infant feeding; infant health; maternal employment; nonstandard work schedules; work-family

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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