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Breast-feeding attitudes and behavior among WIC mothers in Texas.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20399407     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: This study explored the influence of demographic characteristics on attitudes toward the benefits of breast-feeding, approval of public breast-feeding, and the use of infant formula. Additionally, the study examined whether attitudes were related to infant feeding practices among mothers enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in Texas.
DESIGN: This study used a cross-sectional design.
SETTING: Participants completed questionnaires at WIC clinic sites across Texas.
PARTICIPANTS: Mothers of young children who were receiving WIC benefits.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Attitudes toward the benefits of breast-feeding, attitudes toward public breast-feeding, attitudes toward infant formula, and the choice of infant feeding practice.
ANALYSIS: Descriptive statistics, multivariate ordinary least squares regression, and multinomial logistic regression.
RESULTS: A key finding was that many Hispanic mothers held favorable attitudes toward both breast milk and infant formula. Younger and less educated mothers were least likely to agree with the benefits of breast-feeding. Mothers with positive attitudes toward the benefits of breast-feeding were likely to exclusively breastfeed and use both formula and breast milk.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Attitudes toward breast-feeding, public breast-feeding, and infant formula and their influence on breast-feeding behavior should inform the curriculum of breast-feeding promotion programs.
Margaret L Vaaler; Julie Stagg; Sharyn E Parks; Tracy Erickson; Brian C Castrucci
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1878-2620     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Publication Date:    2010 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-19     Completed Date:  2010-08-10     Revised Date:  2013-01-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S30-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Published by Elsevier Inc.
Office of Program Decision Support, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX 78756, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data*
Choice Behavior
Cross-Sectional Studies
Food Services
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Infant Formula / administration & dosage
Infant, Newborn
Maternal-Child Health Centers
Mothers / psychology*
Nutrition Surveys
Preventive Health Services*
Public Assistance
Social Perception
Young Adult

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