The Experiences of Mothers Feeding Their Infants with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Research Study Description

We are looking for mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who fulfill the following inclusion and exclusion criteria to share their stories about feeding their child from 0-12 months of age.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the feeding difficulties of infants who are later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder compared to their neurotypical sibling to identify any feeding characteristics that would warrant increased monitoring for Autism Spectrum Disorder in infancy and how to better support mothers who are experiencing these feeding challenges with their infant.

Inclusion criteria:
• English-speaking mothers 18 years of age and older who has a child ages 2-10 years with an Autism
Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and had feeding difficulty at ages 0-12 months
• Breastfeeding was initiated by the mother (duration of breastfeeding does not matter)
• Mother has at least one other typically developing child that does not have Autism Spectrum Disorder

Exclusion criteria:
• Mothers of children born before 37 weeks gestation
• Mothers of children with known chromosomal, physical defect, or additional medical diagnoses that may
affect feeding behavior in infancy

The study consists of an approximately 30-45 minute interview with a follow-up email or phone call if additional information is needed from the interview. Interviews can be done virtually via Zoom. Participants will receive a $25 gift card for their time. If interested in participating or you would like to learn more about this study please contact Amy Campbell at [email protected]

Vanderbilt IRB# 230483

Email : [email protected]