Research Article

Infant-feeding practices among immigrants in Glasgow.

Br Med J 1978; 2 doi: (Published 28 October 1978) Cite this as: Br Med J 1978;2:1181
  1. K M Goel,
  2. F House,
  3. R A Shanks


    Two hundred and six Asian, 99 African, 99 Chinese, and 102 Scottish children from 172 families were studied to ascertain infant-feeding practices. After arriving in the United Kingdom most of the immigrant mothers had not wished to breast-feed their babies because of wrong information or misconceptions about British infant-feeding practices. The Asians had largely adopted British habits of introducing solid foods to their babies' diets, but the habits of the African and Chinese mothers in this respect had changed little. Furthermore, many of the African and Chinese children had received no vitamin preparation. The survey showed that all mothers resident in Britain urgently need advice on some aspects of infant feeding.