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Breastfeeding knowledge and beliefs among adults in eastern Tobago.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11847898     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Using a cross-sectional survey, the knowledge and beliefs about breastfeeding were evaluated among adults in Eastern Tobago (N = 509). Of the respondents, 95%, 69%, and 48% indicated that a baby should be exclusively breastfed at birth, 3 months, and 6 months, respectively. The baby's mother was thought to have the greatest influence on breastfeeding decisions. Of the respondents, 63% and 80% were unaware of expressed breast milk and cup-feeding a neonate, whereas 82% believed that a solely breastfed baby should receive water. Additionally, 23% and 44% felt that breastfeeding should be terminated before 6 months and between 6 and 12 months, respectively. Inadequate maternal nutrition and employment were reported as the principal factors affecting breastfeeding. There is a lack of knowledge about the anatomy and physiology of lactation and about the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding. These findings are useful for guiding the development and implementation of interventions to promote breast-feeding in Tobago.
A C Bovell-Benjamin; W Benjamin; M Ivey; D T Simeon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0890-3344     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Lact     Publication Date:  2001 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-02-18     Completed Date:  2002-06-07     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709498     Medline TA:  J Hum Lact     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  298-303     Citation Subset:  N    
300-A Campbell Hall, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bottle Feeding / psychology
Breast Feeding / psychology*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Promotion
Infant, Newborn
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Time Factors
Trinidad and Tobago
Women, Working

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