A qualitative study of mothers’ perceptions of weaning and the use of commercial infant food in the United Kingdom

Kate Maslin, Audrey Dunn Galvin, Sean Shepherd, Taraneh Dean, A. Dewey, C. Venter

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Abstract

Background: Commercially produced infant food has a different taste profile and nutritional content to homemade baby food and its consumption is now very widespread. This change in early food experience may lead to a reduced dietary variety and a decreased microbial load exposure.Objective: The purpose of this study was to gain insight into parental perceptions of complementary feeding, specifically opinions of commercially produced baby food, using qualitative research methods. Methods: Four focus group discussions took place (n = 24), with mothers of infants aged 4-7 months. Half of participants were first time mothers and a third had experience weaning infants with symptoms of cows' milk allergy. Participants were prompted with questions about complementary feeding and shown several different products to stimulate discussion. Results: Thematic analysis of focus groups indicated that three distinctive groups of mothers exist; {
Original languageEnglish
JournalMaternal and Pediatric Nutrition
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2015

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© 2015 Maslin K, 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.

Keywords

  • Infant feeding
  • Commercial baby food
  • Weaning
  • Complementary feeding

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