Identifying predictors of the reasons women give for choosing to breastfeed

Brodribb, W., Fallon, A.B., Hegney, D. G. and O'Brien, M. L. (2007) Identifying predictors of the reasons women give for choosing to breastfeed. Journal of Human Lactation, 23 4: 338-344. doi:10.1177/0890334407307540

Author Brodribb, W.
Fallon, A.B.
Hegney, D. G.
O'Brien, M. L.
Title Identifying predictors of the reasons women give for choosing to breastfeed
Journal name Journal of Human Lactation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0890-3344
Publication date 2007-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0890334407307540
Volume 23
Issue 4
Start page 338
End page 344
Total pages 9
Editor Heinig, M. J.
Place of publication California
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
730201 Women's health
329999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
321210 Community Child Health
730219 Behaviour and health
730204 Child health
730213 Preventive medicine
321100 Nursing
321101 Midwifery
Abstract The aims of this article are to outline the reasons Australian women give for initiating breastfeeding, identify unique predictors for these reasons, and use principal components factor analysis to determine factors that influence a woman's decision to breastfeed. Data were collected as part of a large longitudinal study investigating the breastfeeding behaviors and supports of women in Southern Queensland, Australia. The most common reason women (N = 562) gave for deciding to breastfeed was breast milk is better for my baby (95.5%). Reasons related to the mother such as breastfeeding is more convenient (84.3%) were also popular. Four significant components—mother-related reasons, health effects for the infant, moral and family influences, and advice from others—were determined after principal components factor analysis. As well as health benefits for the infant, convenience and other reasons related to the mother appear to be important factors in an Australian woman's decision to breastfeed.
Keyword breastfeeding ��� Australia • initiation • decision making • infant feeding • human behavior
Q-Index Code C1
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