National WIC Association

Infant-feeding practices and maternal dietary intake among Latino immigrants in California

Gundelman S, Siega-Riz AM. Infant-feeding practices and maternal dietary intake among Latino immigrants in California. J Immigr Health. Jul 2002;4(3):137-146.

The authors examined infant-feeding practices and maternal diet in Mexican immigrant families in California. Researchers found that mothers living in the US for fewer than 6 years breastfed their infants exclusively for at least 16 weeks. In addition, 20% of mothers living in the US from 6 years to 15 years and 17% of mothers living in the US for more than 15 years exclusively breastfed. Longer duration of residence in the US was associated with significantly higher intakes of vegetables, low-fat milk, salty snacks, animal protein, and cereals.

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