Breast-feeding and adherence to infant feeding guidelines do not influence bone mass at age 4 years

Harvey, Nicholas C., Robinson, Sian M., Crozier, Sarah R., Marriott, Lynne D., Gale, Catharine R., Cole, Zoe A., Inskip, Hazel M., Godfrey, Keith M. and Cooper, Cyrus (2009) Breast-feeding and adherence to infant feeding guidelines do not influence bone mass at age 4 years. British Journal of Nutrition, 102, (6), 915-920. (doi:10.1017/S0007114509317420).


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The impact of variations in current infant feeding practice on bone mineral accrual is not known. We examined the associations between duration of breast-feeding and compliance with infant dietary guidelines and later bone size and density at age 4 years. At total of 599 (318 boys) mother-child pairs were recruited from the Southampton Women's Survey. Duration of breast-feeding was recorded and infant diet was assessed at 6 and 12 months using FFQ. At 6 and 12 months the most important dietary pattern, defined by principal component analysis, was characterised by high consumption of vegetables, fruits and home-prepared foods. As this was consistent with infant feeding recommendations, it was denoted the 'infant guidelines' pattern. At age 4 years, children underwent assessment of whole-body bone size and density using a Hologic Discovery dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry instrument. Correlation methods were used to explore the relationships between infant dietary variables and bone mineral. There was no association between duration of breast-feeding in the first year of life and 4-year bone size or density. 'Infant guidelines' pattern scores at 6 and 12 months were also unrelated to bone mass at age 4 years. We observed wide variations in current infant feeding practice, but these variations were not associated with differences in childhood bone mass at age 4 years

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0007114509317420
ISSNs: 0007-1145 (print)
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Keywords: osteoporosis epidemiology, growth, infant diet, guidelines, peak bone mass
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
ePrint ID: 68835
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2009Published
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:54

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