Breastfeeding duration in an Australian population: The influence of modifiable antenatal factors

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Title Breastfeeding duration in an Australian population: The influence of modifiable antenatal factors
Author Rosemary J. Blyth; Creedy, Debra; Cindy-lee Dennis; Moyle, Wendy; Jan Pratt; Sue M. De Vries
Journal Name Journal of Human Lactation
Editor M.Jane Heinig
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Thousand Oaks
Publisher Sage Science Press
Abstract Despite well-documented health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies, most women discontinue breastfeeding before the recommended 12 months to 2 years. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of modifiable antenatal variables on breastfeeding outcomes. A prospective, longitudinal study was conducted with 300 pregnant, Australian women. Questionnaires containing variables of interest were administered to women during their last trimester; infant feeding method was assessed at 1 week and 4 months postpartum. Intended breastfeeding duration and breastfeeding self-efficacy were identified as the most significant modifiable variables predictive of breastfeeding outcomes. Mothers who intended to breastfeed for < 6 months were 2.4 times as likely to have discontinued breastfeeding at 4 months compared to those who intended to breastfeed for > 12 months (35.7% vs 87.5%). Similarly, mothers with high breastfeeding self-efficacy were more likely to be breastfeeding compared to mothers with low self-efficacy (79.3% vs 50.0%). J Hum Lact. 20(1):30-38.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 20
Issue Number 1
Page from 30
Page to 38
ISSN 0890-3344
Date Accessioned 2005-01-31
Date Available 2013-07-31T00:13:05Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Midwifery
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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