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Community attitudes to infant feeding.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11831688     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A cross-sectional study was designed to describe the social context in which breastfeeding occurs by examining experiences of and attitudes toward infant feeding within the general community. Of the 2500 randomly selected adults who participated in the telephone survey, 61% had been breastfed, the youngest child of 52% of participants (who were also parents) had been mainly breastfed but 58% of babies seen by participants were bottle-fed. The attitudes examined in this survey suggest there was little support for breastfeeding, particularly outside the home. Over 80% of participants agreed that bottle-feeding was more acceptable in public places and 70% agreed there was not always a place to breastfeed when outside the home. In addition, bottle-feeding was considered easier and more convenient indicating the social environment was not very breastfeeding friendly. Interventions to enhance environmental support for breastfeeding need to focus on reducing these barriers so that breastfeeding in public is more acceptable and breastfeeding in general is easier and more convenient.
E McIntyre; J E Hiller; D Turnbull
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Breastfeeding review : professional publication of the Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0729-2759     ISO Abbreviation:  Breastfeed Rev     Publication Date:  2001 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-02-07     Completed Date:  2002-02-27     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9616903     Medline TA:  Breastfeed Rev     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-33     Citation Subset:  K    
Department of General Practice, Flinders University, Bedford Park, South Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Bottle Feeding / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Breast Feeding / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Infant Food
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Infant, Newborn
Social Support
South Australia

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