Optimal periods of exclusive breastfeeding associated with any breastfeeding duration through one year

Elizabeth A. Brownell, James I. Hagadorn, Mary M. Lussier, Gyuhyeong Goh, Kelly N. Thevenet-Morrison, Trudy J. Lerer, Victor C. Herson, Cynthia R. Howard

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Abstract

Objective To quantify optimal minimum durations of exclusive breastfeeding associated with maintenance of any breastfeeding at 15 time points during the first year of life. Study design Mothers (n = 1189) from the prospective Infant Feeding Practices Study II cohort who initiated exclusive breastfeeding with healthy term infants were included. In a 80:20 split-sample validation study, receiver operating characteristic curves estimated optimal minimum durations of exclusive breastfeeding needed to predict maintenance of any breastfeeding at 15 time points during the first year (n = 951). Logistic regression estimated the predictive performance of the identified thresholds adjusted for maternal age, race, education, parity, support system, and return-to-work status. Results were validated in the remaining 20% (n = 238). Results Optimal minimum durations ranged from 4.0-17.1 weeks of exclusive breastfeeding associated with maintenance of any breastfeeding at 15 time points. All estimated threshold durations were statistically significant after adjustment. Conclusions Using a methodological approach unique to breastfeeding duration research, the authors report optimal durations of exclusive breastfeeding associated with duration of any breastfeeding at time points throughout the first year. Perinatal clinicians, pediatricians, lactation professionals, policymakers, researchers, and families might apply these findings to achieve desirable collective breastfeeding duration outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-570.e1
JournalJournal of Pediatrics
Volume166
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Brownell, E. A., Hagadorn, J. I., Lussier, M. M., Goh, G., Thevenet-Morrison, K. N., Lerer, T. J., Herson, V. C., & Howard, C. R. (2015). Optimal periods of exclusive breastfeeding associated with any breastfeeding duration through one year. Journal of Pediatrics, 166(3), 566-570.e1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.11.015