Pregnancy and early childhood determinants and consequences of breastfeeding
Growing Up in New Zealand
Health and Wellbeing
Psych and Cog
Breastfeeding prevents infectious diseases, particularly, acute respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Breastfeeding is also believed to prevent the development of allergic diseases and obesity and to enhance cognitive development. Currently we do not know what strategies would be most likely to increase the duration of breastfeeding in all NZ children. We aim to evaluate ante and post-natal determinants of duration of exclusive and any breastfeeding in New Zealand and to describe the relationships of duration of exclusive and of any breastfeeding with the risk of respiratory and allergic diseases, obesity and language, cognitive, and behavioural development up to age 5 years.