Maternal and Pediatric Nutrition

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutrition and Public Health".

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Dear Colleagues,

Nutrition plays a major role in maternal and child health, and it is widely considered that long-term health is based on optimum nutrition in early life. Maternal body composition, postnatal diet, and also what and how infants are fed are recognized important determinants for offspring-balanced development.

This Special Issue of Healthcare will focus on the relationship between nutrition and maternal and child health. The research topic is focused on (1) mother nutrition and its potential influence on human milk composition; (2) child nutrition in early stages of life, and its influence on health; (3) infant formulas; and (4) nutrigenomics. Issues related to food allergies, hypersensitivity, and obesity are also welcome. This can include original research and reviews, short reports, opinions from researchers, as well as epidemiological and animal studies.

Dr. Anna Cieślińska
Dr. Ewa Fiedorowicz
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Keywords

  • pediatrics
  • infant
  • food
  • dietetics
  • health
  • infant formula
  • human milk
  • breast feeding
  • allergy
  • hypersensitivity
  • milk composition
  • allergen
  • nutrition
  • maternal

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Father’s Knowledge, Attitude and Support to Mother’s Exclusive Breastfeeding Practices in Bangladesh: A Multi-Group Structural Equations Model Analysis
by Yan-Qiong Ouyang and Layla Nasrin
Healthcare 2021, 9(3), 276; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030276 - 3 Mar 2021
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Despite worldwide initiatives, the exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) rate is low. The study aims to investigate the role of fathers’ knowledge, attitude and support in formulating mothers’ practice of breastfeeding taking Bangladeshi parental cases as a sample. The study uses a standard survey instrument [...] Read more.
Despite worldwide initiatives, the exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) rate is low. The study aims to investigate the role of fathers’ knowledge, attitude and support in formulating mothers’ practice of breastfeeding taking Bangladeshi parental cases as a sample. The study uses a standard survey instrument following the theory of planned behavior (TPB). Responses from 332 couples are accepted following a standard criteria and used for analysis. The sample is divided into sub-groups based on delivery mode—vaginal (n = 211, 64%) and cesarean section (n = 121, 36%). Based on the sub-groups, a multi-group structural equation modelling (SEM) is applied to analyze the phenomena. The study finds that a father’s knowledge in EBF can, in one way, significantly enhance mother’s knowledge by sharing and, in another way, can enhance his own attitude to offer different support to his partner/wife which induces the chances of EBF practices by mothers. The enhanced EBF knowledge of a mother raises her attitude to practice EBF, which is also positively affected by the father’s attitude. Thus, fathers’ support, coupled with mothers’ positive attitude, the mother’s intention to practice EBF as per standard guidelines. Full article
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The Influence of Increased Prepregnancy Body Mass Index and Excessive Gestational Weight Gain on Pregnancy Course and Fetal and Maternal Perinatal Outcomes
by Milan Lackovic, Dejan Filimonovic, Sladjana Mihajlovic, Biljana Milicic, Ivana Filipovic, Marija Rovcanin, Dejan Dimitrijevic and Dejan Nikolic
Healthcare 2020, 8(4), 362; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040362 - 24 Sep 2020
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Background: The aim of our study was to assess the influence of prepregnancy Body Mass Index (BMI) changes as well as excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) on maternal and fetal perinatal parameters. Furthermore, we aimed to analyze the influence of increased prepregnancy [...] Read more.
Background: The aim of our study was to assess the influence of prepregnancy Body Mass Index (BMI) changes as well as excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) on maternal and fetal perinatal parameters. Furthermore, we aimed to analyze the influence of increased prepregnancy BMI values and excessive GWG on neonatal early motoric development. Methods: The 203 eligible female participants were evaluated. Prepregnancy Body Mass Index (BMI) and excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) defined according to Institute of Medicine 2009 guidelines in the USA were assessed with tested maternal and fetal perinatal parameters and infants early motoric development (Alberta Infant Motor Scale—AIMS). Results: Significant predictors of increased prepregnancy BMI in perinatal period include: weight at delivery (p = 0.001), GWG (p = 0.002) and BMI at delivery (p < 0.001), while significant predictors of excessive GWG in perinatal period are: prepregnancy BMI (p = 0.029) and BMI at delivery (p < 0.001). In the group of participants with both increased prepregnancy BMI and excessive GWG versus others, significant predictors were: hypertension (HTA) (p = 0.019), amniotic fluid index (AFI) (p = 0.047), Pronation (AIMS) (p = 0.028) and Supination (AIMS) (p = 0.029). Conclusion: Increased prepregnancy BMI and excessive GWG are significantly associated with numerous perinatal factors that could alter the pregnancy course, pregnancy outcome and early motoric development of newborn. Moreover, increased prepregnancy BMI is shown to be a significant predictor of excessive GWG; thus, early selection of pregnant women for close monitoring of weight gain during pregnancy will have positive effects on reducing the risk of less favorable pregnancy course and early motoric development of newborn. Full article
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