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Breast feeding and the weekend effect: an observational study

Fitzsimons, E; Vera-Hernández, M; (2016) Breast feeding and the weekend effect: an observational study. BMJ Open , 6 (7) , Article e010016. 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010016. Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To compare the incidence of breast feeding by day of week of birth. DESIGN: Retrospective database study using 16 508 records from the 2005 and 2010 Infant Feeding Surveys. SETTING: England and Wales, UK. PARTICIPANTS: Mothers of a sample of births from among all registered births in the periods August-September 2005 and August-October 2010. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Incidence of breast feeding after birth. RESULTS: Among babies of mothers who left full-time education aged 16 or under, the incidence of breast feeding was 6.7 percentage points lower (95% CI 1.4 to 12.1 percentage points) for those born on Saturdays than for those born on Mondays-Thursdays. No such differences by day of week of birth were observed among babies of mothers who left school aged 17 or over. CONCLUSIONS: Breastfeeding policy should take into account differences in breast feeding by day of week of birth, which are apparent among low-educated mothers. Further research is needed to ascertain the reason for this finding.

Type: Article
Title: Breast feeding and the weekend effect: an observational study
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010016
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010016
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt and build upon this work, for commercial use, provided the original work is properly cited. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Breastfeeding, postnatal, weekend
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1503656
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