Sources of feeding advice in the first year of life: who do parents value?

Aideen Gildea*, Moira Stewart, Seaneen Sloan

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Health visiting services have been restructured from being universal for all children to targeting families in need. UK recommendations on infant feeding have also recently changed. With the many sources of information available on feeding babies, it is important to know where parents get feeding advice and which sources they find valuable. In this study, 215 mothers of one-year old infants were interviewed about where they had obtained feeding advice in the first year of their infant's life and how useful they found this information. The health visitor was the most commonly cited source of information (70%) followed by grandparents (53%), while 10% of mothers relied solely on health visitor advice. This study highlights the importance placed by mothers on health visitors, which may have implications for the service in the midst of the reorganisation of the health visitor's role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-31
Number of pages5
JournalCommunity practitioner : the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Family Practice


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