Associations between Introduction of Age-Inappropriate Foods and Early Eating Environments in Low-Socioeconomic Hispanic Infants

Diana Cartagena, Jacqueline M. McGrath, Ana Maria Linares

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine the associations between feeding practices and eating environments of low-socioeconomic Hispanic infants. Methods: Secondary analysis of cross-sectional data from a sample of 62 low-income immigrant Hispanic mothers and their infants (age range = 4-12 months). Measures of infant feeding practices (food groups and beverages consumption) and eating environment domains were included using the Infant Feeding Scale. Results: TV exposure and allowing the infant to play with toys during meals significantly correlated with intake of energy-dense foods in 4- to 6-month-olds (p =.05). Among 7- to 9-month-olds, mealtime TV watching correlated with consumption of snacks (p =.05) and sweetened beverages (p =.01). Consumption of energy-dense foods was significantly different among groups with higher mean intake in older infants (p = <.01). Conclusion: Findings highlight the need for culturally and socioeconomically sensitive approaches to improve infant feeding practices and support low-income Hispanic families in providing healthy and nurturing eating environments required to prevent later obesity risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e27-e36
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Breastfeeding
  • eating environment
  • Hispanic mother
  • infant feeding
  • obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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