Psychosocial Factors Associated With the Abandonment of Breastfeeding Prior to Hospital Discharge

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Title Psychosocial Factors Associated With the Abandonment of Breastfeeding Prior to Hospital Discharge
Author Scott, Jane A.; Landers, Margot C.G.; Hughes, Roger Michael; Binns, Colin W
Journal Name Journal of Human Lactation
Year Published 2001
Place of publication USA
Publisher Sage Science Press
Abstract A prospective study of 556 women from Perth, Western Australia, and 503 women from the Darling Downs area, Queensland, Australia, was conducted to identify factors associated with the abandonment of breastfeeding prior to hospital discharge. In total, 88% ofwomen initiated breastfeeding, but 5% discontinued breastfeeding while still in the hospital. Discontinuation of breastfeeding prior to discharge was associated with a number of psychosocial factors, namely, infant feeding method being chosen after becoming pregnant, a perception by the mother that the infant%'s father either preferred formula feeding or was ambivalent about how the infant was fed, and whether the mother's own mother had ever breastfed. Judicious questioning prenatally regarding a woman's commitment to, social support for, and prior exposure to breastfeeding will help identify thosewomen most at risk of abandoning breastfeeding prematurely. Such women should be targeted for additional support while in the hospital.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://jhl.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/17/1/24
Copyright Statement Copyright 2001 Sage Publications. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. First published in Journal of Human Lactation. This journal is available online: http://jhl.sagepub.com/content/vol17/issue1/
Volume 17
Page from 24
Page to 30
ISSN 0890-3344
Date Accessioned 2002-04-15
Date Available 2007-03-30T06:10:04Z
Language en_AU
Subject Nutrition and Dietetics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/3794
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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