National WIC Association

Maternal mental health and infant dietary patterns in a statewide sample of Maryland WIC participants

Hurley KM, et al. Maternal mental health and infant dietary patterns in a statewide sample of Maryland WIC participants. Matern Child Nutr. Nov 2012. [Epub ahead of print].

This study looked at the relationship between maternal health and infant dietary patterns in WIC participants in Maryland. Data from 689 mother–infant pairs revealed the following: A total of 36.5% of mothers reported introducing solids to their infants early (<4 months of age), and 40% reported adding cereal to their infant’s bottle. Overall, results demonstrated that maternal mental health symptoms were associated with poorer infant-feeding practices and higher infant dietary intake during the first 6 months.