Parent qualitative interviews

“Excessive weight gain in infants: an exploration of the beliefs and behaviours of socioeconomically disadvantaged mothers” – Parent qualitative interviews

Children and infants from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds experience greater rates of overweight and obesity yet are more challenging to reach in health programs. We aimed to explore the precursors of key obesity promoting behaviours in socioeconomically disadvantaged mothers.

We used the interview guide developed around the Michie et al (2011) Capability Opportunity Motivation Behaviour framework and applied this to parental feeding behaviours associated with infant weight gain: initiating and prolonging breastfeeding, best practice formula feeding, introducing healthy first foods, delaying the introduction of solid foods and feeding to appetite. Two researchers independently undertook thematic analysis.


Obesity prevention interventions targeting infant feeding behaviours may benefit from tailoring behaviour change strategies to the unique determinants of the various feeding behaviours.

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