Breast-feeding, maternal feeding practices and mealtime negativity at one year

Appetite. 2006 Jan;46(1):49-56. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2005.10.005. Epub 2005 Dec 13.


This paper explores whether breast-feeding, mediated by lower maternal use of controlling strategies, predicts more positive mealtime interactions between mothers and their 1 year old infants. Eighty-seven women completed questionnaires regarding breast-feeding, assessing their control over child feeding and mealtime negativity at 1 year of infant age. Seventy-four of these women were also observed feeding their infants solid food at 1 year. Mediation analyses demonstrated that the experience of breast-feeding, mediated by lower reported maternal control over child feeding, predicted maternal reports of less negative mealtime interactions. The experience of breast-feeding also predicted observations of less conflict at mealtimes, mediated by observations of maternal sensitivity during feeding interactions. The implications of these findings are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Feeding* / psychology
  • Eating / psychology*
  • Energy Intake
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Behavior*
  • Infant Food
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Internal-External Control
  • Maternal Behavior / psychology*
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires