Mums-to-be are frequently advised in baby books that feeding to a schedule is best for their child. But what does the evidence tell us when it comes to the different approaches and what might that mean for parents, practitioners and policy makers?
Dr Maria Iacovou from the University of Cambridge presents recent evidence breastfeeding research at an ESRC Centre for Lifecourse Studies Policy Seminar.
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Scheduled versus demand feeding of infants: How do different feeding modes affect sleeping patterns in older childhood, and do they affect the risk of obesity, ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies Occasional Paper 13.1
Breastfeeding and intergenerational social mobility, what are the mechanisms? A propensity score matching analysis of two population based cohort studies, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2013.
Infant feeding: the effects of scheduled vs. on-demand feeding on mothers’ wellbeing and children’s cognitive development, European Journal of Public Health, 2013, 23(1) pp 13-19.
The Effect of Breastfeeding on Children’s Cognitive and Non-cognitive Abilities, Labour Economics 19, 2012.
The effects of breastfeeding on children, mothers and employers, Research project information, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex.