alexa Breastfeeding Pattern and Duration and Post-Partum Maternal Weight Retention
ISSN: 2090-7214

Clinics in Mother and Child Health
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Breastfeeding Pattern and Duration and Post-Partum Maternal Weight Retention

Helen Castillo-Laura* and Iná S. Santos

Postgraduate Program in Epidemiology, Federal University of Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Pelotas, Brazil

*Corresponding Author:
Helen Castillo Laura
Postgraduate Program in Epidemiology, Federal University of Pelotas
Rio Grande do Sul, Pelotas, Brazil
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Received date: November 13, 2016; Accepted date: December 21, 2016; Published date: December 29, 2016

Citation: Castillo-Laura H, Santos IS (2016) Breastfeeding Pattern and Duration and Post-Partum Maternal Weight Retention. Clinics Mother Child Health 13:253. doi: 10.4172/2090-7214.1000253

Copyright: © 2016 Castillo-Laura H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Background/Aim: The aims were to investigate the association of breastfeeding (BF) duration with maternal postpartum weight retention (PPWR) at 12 months after delivery.

Methods: In this prospective cohort study, mothers were interviewed at birth, and at 3, and 12 months after delivery to gather information on socio-demographic and reproductive maternal characteristics, BF initiation, BF pattern at 3 months and BF duration, as well as to measure maternal anthropometric indicators.

Results: A negative association between BF intensity at 3-months and maternal PPWR was found at 3-months and 12-months after delivery. In adjusted multivariable linear regression, for each month of EBF increase between birth and 3-months postpartum, there was a mean decrease of 0.21 kg in maternal long-term PPWR; and for each month of any BF increase between birth and 12 months postpartum, there was a mean decrease of 0.11 kg in maternal long-term PPWR. Maternal younger ages weakened the negative long-term effect of BF on PPWR and the greater levels of maternal pre-gestational body mass index annulled the effect of any BF on PPWR.

Conclusion: This study supports the evidence that BF improves the reduction of PPWR and suggests that encouraging prolonged EBF and any BF may contribute to decrease PPWR.


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