Infant feeding in Scotland: exploring the influence of hospital on infant feeding choices (within Glasgow) and the potential health and economic benefits of breastfeeding on child health.

This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’€“ 2012. 

Institution:

Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Principle investigator:

Mr Bruce Whyte

This study will investigate the influence of hospital on infant feeding choices within Glasgow and will explore across Scotland the potential health and economic benefits of breastfeeding on child health.
In an initial phase, we will investigate whether there is a hospital effect, independent of Baby Friendly Accreditation, in Glasgow using the existing linked dataset.
Second, we will extend the current national linked child and maternal dataset (created in phase 1 of the project) through linkage to infant hospitalisation records, primary care consultations and child health surveillance records (at pre-school and primary 1 school review) to the existing linked infant birth data.  The creation of this resource will enable an analysis of patterns of morbidity; hospitalisation and weight gain, comparing children who were breastfed, mixed fed or bottle-fed.
Finally, we will estimate the potential economic savings from reduced morbidity and hospitalisation among breast fed infants compared to bottle fed infants.
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