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Infant feeding practices in a multi-ethnic Asian cohort: the GUSTO study

Infant feeding practices in a multi-ethnic Asian cohort: the GUSTO study
Infant feeding practices in a multi-ethnic Asian cohort: the GUSTO study
The optimal introduction of complementary foods provides infants with nutritionally balanced diets and establishes healthy eating habits. The documentation of infant feeding practices in multi-ethnic Asian populations is limited. In a Singapore cohort study (GUSTO), 842 mother-infant dyads were interviewed regarding their feeding practices when the infants were aged 9 and 12 months. In the first year, 20.5% of infants were given dietary supplements, while 5.7% took probiotics and 15.7% homeopathic preparations. At age 9 months, 45.8% of infants had seasonings added to their foods, increasing to 56.3% at 12 months. At age 12 months, 32.7% of infants were given blended food, although 92.3% had begun some form of self-feeding. Additionally, 87.4% of infants were fed milk via a bottle, while a third of them had food items added into their bottles. At both time points, more than a third of infants were provided sweetened drinks via the bottle. Infants of Indian ethnicity were more likely to be given dietary supplements, have oil and seasonings added to their foods and consumed sweetened drinks from the bottle (p < 0.001). These findings provide a better understanding of variations in infant feeding practices, so that healthcare professionals can offer more targeted and culturally-appropriate advice.
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Toh, J.Y., Yip, G., Han, W.M., Fok, D., Low, Y.-L., Lee, Y.S., Rebello, S.A., Saw, S.-M., Kwek, K., Godfrey, K.M., Chong, Y.-S. and Chong, M.F. (2016) Infant feeding practices in a multi-ethnic Asian cohort: the GUSTO study. Nutrients, 8 (293), 1-17. (doi:10.3390/nu8050293). (PMID:27187461)

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The optimal introduction of complementary foods provides infants with nutritionally balanced diets and establishes healthy eating habits. The documentation of infant feeding practices in multi-ethnic Asian populations is limited. In a Singapore cohort study (GUSTO), 842 mother-infant dyads were interviewed regarding their feeding practices when the infants were aged 9 and 12 months. In the first year, 20.5% of infants were given dietary supplements, while 5.7% took probiotics and 15.7% homeopathic preparations. At age 9 months, 45.8% of infants had seasonings added to their foods, increasing to 56.3% at 12 months. At age 12 months, 32.7% of infants were given blended food, although 92.3% had begun some form of self-feeding. Additionally, 87.4% of infants were fed milk via a bottle, while a third of them had food items added into their bottles. At both time points, more than a third of infants were provided sweetened drinks via the bottle. Infants of Indian ethnicity were more likely to be given dietary supplements, have oil and seasonings added to their foods and consumed sweetened drinks from the bottle (p < 0.001). These findings provide a better understanding of variations in infant feeding practices, so that healthcare professionals can offer more targeted and culturally-appropriate advice.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 May 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 May 2016
Organisations: Faculty of Medicine

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Author: J.Y. Toh
Author: G. Yip
Author: W.M. Han
Author: D. Fok
Author: Y.-L. Low
Author: Y.S. Lee
Author: S.A. Rebello
Author: S.-M. Saw
Author: K. Kwek
Author: K.M. Godfrey ORCID iD
Author: Y.-S. Chong
Author: M.F. Chong

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