Breastfeeding and risk of hospitalisation from respiratory or gastrointestinal illness in children from birth to two-years in Northern Ireland
PHE ePoster Library. Neill C. Apr 10, 2019; 257469; 15270
Claire Neill
Claire Neill
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Abstract Introduction
Breastfeeding can reduce infectious-disease related morbidity and mortality. This study sought to assess the association between hospitalisation from the most common childhood infections and breastfeeding in N.Ireland; having some of the lowest breastfeeding rates worldwide.
Methods:
A population-based retrospective cohort study was performed using aggregate data of live births, 2012 and 2015 in N.Ireland (n=98,979), followed-up for two years. Breastfeeding exposure was defined as 'total', 'partial' or 'none' and analysis at discharge, primary review, six weeks, three, six and 12-months. Outcomes of interest were hospital admission with respiratory-tract or gastrointestinal illness by two-years. Statistical analysis was conducted using R-Studio. Descriptive and univariate analysis reflected variables associated with the outcomes. Multivariable regression was used to assess and quantify the independent association of partial and total breastfeeding..
Results:
Breastfeeding was associated with significantly reduced odds of hospitalisation from gastrointestinal or respiratory-tract illness in fully-adjusted models at least until the age of two, compared with not breastfeeding. Greatest reductions were associated with total breastfeeding and breastfeeding of increasing duration. Any breastfeeding at 12-months, was associated with the greatest reduction in odds of hospitalisation from gastrointestinal illness by age two (OR 0.71 (0.60-0.83), p < 0.001). Any breastfeeding at 12-months was similarly associated with significantly reduced odds of hospitalisation from respiratory-tract illness by age two (OR 0.75 (0.69-0.83), p<0.001). Partial breastfeeding of at least six weeks, was significantly associated with reduced odds of hospitalisation from both gastrointestinal (OR 0.79 (0.68-0.92), p = 0.002) and respiratory-tract illness (OR 0.89 (0.81-0.97, p = 0.009) in comparison with not breastfeeding, by the age of two, in fully adjusted models. In this study, younger mothers, more deprived, white ethnicity, unemployed, single-parents and with other children, were less likely to initiate breastfeeding.This study reaffirms the increased risk of harmful effects from suboptimal breastfeeding, even in developed countries.
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