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Breastfeeding in rural China: association between knowledge, attitudes, and practices.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18776169     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Breastfeeding rates have decreased in the past decade in China. This study identifies psychosocial and sociodemographic factors associated with breastfeeding practices. A total of 599 mothers of infants 2 to 4 months old were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Nearly all infants (95.5%) were breastfed, but only 4.2% were exclusively breastfed, and 48.7% were fully breastfed. Mothers' intention to breastfeed (odds ratio [OR] = 1.67, 95% CI: 1.39-2.01) and social support (OR = 1.22, 95% CI: 1.002-1.50) were associated with full breastfeeding. Full breastfeeding prevalence decreased with children's age (OR = 0.79, 95% CI: 0.63, 0.98). Girls were more likely to be fully breastfed than boys (OR = 1.46, 95% CI: 1.06, 2.02). This study found that optimal breastfeeding practices during the first 4 months of life are not universal in rural China. Health care providers should be more actively involved in educating and motivating mothers and their family members to adopt optimal breastfeeding practices.
Ling Shi; Jingxu Zhang; Yan Wang; Bernard Guyer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-09-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0890-3344     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Lact     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-31     Completed Date:  2008-12-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709498     Medline TA:  J Hum Lact     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  377-85     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / epidemiology*,  psychology*
China / epidemiology
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Infant, Newborn
Mothers / education,  psychology*
Odds Ratio
Rural Population
Self Efficacy*
Social Support
Time Factors

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