Weak infant sucking in the first 8 weeks, reliance on breastfeeding for ⩾9 months, small feeds, and difficulties in weaning were associated with failure to thrive
Q Which postnatal factors are associated with failure to thrive (FTT)?
a live birth cohort from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC).
Bristol and surrounding areas, UK.
11 900 (83%) of 14 062 infants from the original ALSPAC birth cohort who had a gestational age of 37–41 weeks. Infants with major congenital abnormalities that could affect feeding (eg, Down’s syndrome, cleft palate) and those with incomplete weight measurements were excluded.
parent characteristics (social class; education; use of car; maternal ethnicity, height, age, parity, and smoking), infant characteristics at birth (sex, weight, centile, multiple birth, admission to neonatal intensive care, and breast feeding in the first 24 h); infant feeding and health at 4–8 weeks (breast feeding, feeding on …