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Breastfeeding prevalence and practices among Singaporean Chinese, Malay and Indian mothers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15814526     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The National Breastfeeding Survey 2001 was the first comprehensive study on breastfeeding conducted on a national level in Singapore. It aimed to establish the prevalence of breastfeeding among Chinese, Malay and Indian mothers and to identify factors influencing breastfeeding. A total of 2098 mothers were interviewed in this two-phase study, with the first interview conducted 2 months after delivery and the second interview 6 months after birth among mothers who were still breastfeeding at 2 months. Frequency distributions of breastfeeding prevalence and types of breastfeeding practices at different time intervals (from birth to 6 months) were produced. Multivariate logistic regression was carried out to construct a model with predictive information on factors which influence continued breastfeeding till 2 months and 6 months after delivery respectively. The study found that about 94.5% of the mothers attempted breastfeeding. At 1 month, 71.6% were still breastfeeding, 49.6% continued to do so at 2 months, and 29.8% persisted till 4 months. By 6 months, the breastfeeding prevalence rate fell to 21.1%. The results of this study show higher breastfeeding prevalence rates compared to past studies in Singapore. Despite this, exclusive breastfeeding is still not a common practice. Various factors were found to be significant in influencing mothers' decision to breastfeed. Factors such as ethnicity, age, educational attainment, religion and baby's sex are non-modifiable in the short term or at an individual level. However, factors such as awareness of breastfeeding benefits, advice from health professionals and previous breastfeeding experience are potentially modifiable. Efforts aimed at promoting breastfeeding in Singapore need to take these modifiable factors into consideration so as to better tailor health promotion efforts on breastfeeding to women.
L L Foo; S J S Quek; S A Ng; M T Lim; M Deurenberg-Yap
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2005-04-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health promotion international     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0957-4824     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Promot Int     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-30     Completed Date:  2005-12-09     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9008939     Medline TA:  Health Promot Int     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  229-37     Citation Subset:  IM    
Research and Information Management, Health Promotion Board, 3 Second Hospital Avenue, Singapore 168937, Republic of Singapore.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / epidemiology*
Data Collection
India / epidemiology
Interviews as Topic
Malaysia / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Singapore / epidemiology

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