2010

Authors

  • Kyra Hamilton Kyra Hamilton
  • Lynne Daniels Lynne Daniels
  • Katherine M. White Katherine M. White
  • Nicole Murray Nicole Murray
  • Anne Walsh Anne Walsh

In Australia and other developed countries there is poor adherence to guidelines recommending the introduction of complementary feeding to infants at 6 months of age. We aimed to investigate, via adopting a theory of planned behaviour framework and incorporating additiol normative and demographic influences, mothers' complementary feeding intentions and behaviour. Participants were 375 primiparas who completed an initial questionire (infant age 13᳷eeks) that assessed the theory of planned behaviour constructs of attitude, subjective norm, and perceived behavioural control, as well as group norm and additiol materl and infant variables of mothers' age, education level, weight status perception, current materl feeding practices, and infant birth weight. Approximately, 3 months after completion of the main questionire, mothers completed a follow-up questionire that assessed the age in months at which the infant was first introduced to solids. The theory of planned behaviour variables of attitude and subjective norm, along with group norm, predicted intentions, with intention, mothers' age (older more likely), and weight status perception (overweight less likely) predicting behaviour. Overall, the results highlight the importance of attitudes, normative influences, and individual characteristics in complementary feeding decision-making which should be considered when designing interventions aimed at improving adherence to current materl feeding guidelines.