Tresillian Infant Feeding Study: Does parental sensitivity to infant cues relate to maternal responsiveness in feeding, infant eating behaviour and infant weight?
This is a longitudinal cohort study of parents admitted to Tresillian Family Care Centres, who will complete self report measures of usual parental feeding behaviours (Infant Feeding Practices Questionnaire, IFPQ), their infant’s
eating behaviours including self-regulatory ability (Baby Eating Behaviour Questionnaire, BEBQ) and infant weight and length at three time points. A subset (substudy1) of parents will also have a measure of parent responsiveness and infant cue expressivity (Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training (NCAST) Parent Child
Interaction (PCI) Feeding Scale) administered by nurses at Tresillian who have gained necessary accreditation. Possible confounders will also be self-reported by parents (e.g. infant birth weight, maternal education). Parents will be followed up after 3 and 6 months to complete the self-reported feeding and eating measures as well as their infant's weight and length. A second substudy (substudy 2) will investigate the advice that nurses who work at Tresillian give to parents on infant feeding.