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.
- eating environment
- Hispanic mother
- infant feeding
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health