Infant feeding mode and its association with the use of healthcare services in the first year of life

Chowdhury, Sharmeen Jalal (2018) Infant feeding mode and its association with the use of healthcare services in the first year of life. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This research had two goals. First, a systematic review was conducted to examine the relationship between mode of infant feeding and risk of hospitalization due to respiratory tract infections in healthy full-term infants. Second, a cross-sectional study was conducted in the Eastern Region of Newfoundland and Labrador to evaluate differences in healthcare use by feeding mode in infants in the first year of life. Chapter one includes an introduction and chapter four provides a summary and discussion of the findings. Chapters two and three include versions of the systematic review manuscript and the cross-sectional study manuscript, respectively. The systematic review demonstrated breastfeeding reduced the risk of hospitalization due to a respiratory tract infection in the first year of life and the cross-sectional study revealed that exclusively formula-fed infants had significantly more emergency department and hospital visits compared to exclusively breastfed infants or mixed-fed infants in their first year of life.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 13500
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references. -- This MUN thesis contains previously published work or part of this thesis has been submitted for publication.
Keywords: Breastfeeding, Formula Feeding, Infant, Respiratory Tract Infections, Hospitalization, Healthcare Service Use
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of
Date: October 2018
Date Type: Submission
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Medical Subject Heading: Infant; Breast Feeding; Respiratory Tract Infections; Hospitalization; Emergency Service, Hospital; Newfoundland and Labrador; Cross-Sectional Studies

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