Bottle-Feeding: Perceptions, Practices, and Health Outcomes

Alison K. Ventura, Ph.D. (Editor)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Series: Pediatrics – Laboratory and Clinical Research
BISAC: MED069000



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Bottle-feeding is a ubiquitous aspect of infant feeding, yet bottle-feeding caregivers report a lack of support and access to evidence-based advice related to healthy bottle-feeding practices. This gap is due, in part, to a greater emphasis placed on breastfeeding support and promotion. Given a large and growing body of research illustrating associations between bottle-feeding and a number of health issues – such as overfeeding, rapid weight gain, and dental caries – the lack of advice and support for healthy bottle-feeding practices is concerning.

To this end, this book aims to illustrate the state of the science related to bottle-feeding practices, caregiver perceptions, and related health outcomes. Based on this evidence, this book also provides practical, pragmatic advice to ensure that practitioners, researchers, and other professionals that work with families with young infants can best support bottle-feeding caregivers and promote the healthy growth and development for bottle-feeding infants.


Chapter 1. The Evolution of Breast Pumps and Bottles and a Revolution in Infant Feeding
Julia P. Felice, PhD, Kathleen M. Rasmussen, and Sheela R. Geraghty, MD (Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, and others)

Chapter 2. Bottle-Feeding Practices and Oral Health
Arwa I. Owais (Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA)

Chapter 3. The Association between Milk Feeding Methods and Childhood Obesity
Ruowei Li, MD, PhD (Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA)

Chapter 4. Infant Feeding and Maternal Control: What Factors Drive Feeding Style?
Amy Brown, PhD (Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences, Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom)

Chapter 5. Is There an Optimal Bottle for Reducing Bottle-Feeding Infants’ Risk for Overfeeding?
Alison K. Ventura, PhD (Department of Kinesiology and Public Health, California Polytevchnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA)

Chapter 6. Bottled Up: The Emotional and Practical Experiences of Bottle-Feeding Mothers in Developed Countries
Sophia Komninou, PhD (Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences, Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom)

Chapter 7. Bottle-Feeding Disparities: Prevalence, Predictors, and Consequences
Emily E. Hohman, PhD and Jennifer S. Savage, PhD (Center for Childhood Obesity Research, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA)


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