Seafood is recommended as part of a healthy, balanced introductory diet however, consumption rates are low in young children. Research has previously investigated the influences to seafood consumption in consumers and non-consumers however the importance of these factors in mothers' decisions on whether to provide seafood for their child during the early years is unknown. This study aimed to measure the importance of factors that influence mothers' decisions on providing seafood for their child during infant and young child feeding (six months to four years). A mixed method Q methodology and cognitive interview approach was used with 32 mothers in Scotland. Despite a large consensus of opinion between mothers (n = 20) on the importance of factors on their decision-making, two viewpoints emerged highlighting an importance placed on food attributes and the infant, and convenience and family-centred. This study is the first to quantify the influences on the decision to provide seafood during early years' feeding and could be used to inform and tailor seafood-based dietary promotions and interventions for parents.
The authors would like to thank the mothers who volunteered to take part in the Q sort interviews.
Sources of funding
This study was funded by the Seafish Authority and Interface Food and Drink Scotland as part of a PhD scholarship for SC.
- Infant feeding
- Complementary feeding