Investigation of observed increases in breastfeeding rates in deprived areas

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:

Bruce Whyte

This project will use innovative and complementary approaches to investigate the unexpected increase in breastfeeding in selected deprived neighbourhoods within Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and in a wider context to inform thinking on new ways to monitor breast feeding nationally.  Through a contextual analysis we will analyse the likely impact of demographic and other social changes on breast-feeding in 4 local communities in Glasgow. In conjunction, a comprehensive analysis of breastfeeding trends, both locally and nationally, will be undertaken by creating a linked maternal/child dataset for Scotland, adding a new marker of ethnicity to the data, and, then, conducting a range of detailed analyses.  These will focus on: data quality; the impact of maternal age, deprivation, ethnic background and other related social factors on likelihood to breastfeed and length of breastfeeding; and will test whether the development of linked maternal/child dataset can enhance our understanding and measurement of breastfeeding trends.
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