The influence of reported paternal attitudes on the decision to breast- feed

J. A. Scott*, C. W. Binns, R. A. Aroni

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Abstract

Objective: To identify factors that influence a woman's decision to breast-feed. Methodology: Five hundred and fifty-six women were recruited from the maternity wards of two Perth hospitals. Data were collected from a self-administered questionnaire completed by participants prior to discharge. Logistic regression analysis was used to determine factors influencing the initiation of breast-feeding. Results: At discharge from hospital 83.8% of women were breast-feeding, including 6% who were giving complementary formula feeds. After controlling for potentially confounding demographic and biomedical factors, the father's reported preference for breast-feeding was found to be the most important factor influencing a woman's decision to breast-feed (OR 10.18). Conclusion: Fathers participate in and influence the choice of infant feeding method and should be included in breast-feeding discussions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-307
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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