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Effect of expectant mothers' feeding plan on prediction of fathers' attitudes regarding breast-feeding.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8397567     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A mother's perception of the father's attitude toward breast-feeding may strongly influence her prenatal choice of infant feeding method; however, research has demonstrated that women do little better than chance in predicting these attitudes. this study sought to determine if differential perceptions of fathers' attitudes regarding breast-feeding existed between women who had made a prenatal decision to breast- or formula-feed their children. The 268 expectant mothers in prenatal classes completed a self-administered questionnaire. Chi-square analysis was performed to determine the significance of the association between maternal attitudes toward breast-feeding and intended feeding plan (breast or formula) and each predicted paternal attitudinal variable. The majority of subjects were white (80%) and married (95%). Seventy percent planned exclusive breast-feeding, and 68% felt the baby's father wanted them to breast-feed. Mothers who planned breast-feeding were more knowledgeable of its benefits, had more favorable perceptions, and were more likely to predict positive attitudes of fathers toward breast-feeding than those who planned formula feeding. Women who planned formula feeding predicted less positive paternal attitudes regarding breast-feeding; this perception (whether correct or incorrect) likely impacted on their choice of infant feeding method. More time should be devoted in prenatal classes and prenatal physician visits to breast-feeding education for mothers and fathers. Active encouragement of paternal participation in breast-feeding classes, usually directed toward women only, would foster understanding of the benefits of breast-feeding and the support fathers can provide.
G L Freed; J K Fraley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of perinatology     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0735-1631     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Perinatol     Publication Date:  1993 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-11-04     Completed Date:  1993-11-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8405212     Medline TA:  Am J Perinatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  300-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 27599-7590.
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MeSH Terms
Bottle Feeding
Breast Feeding*
Choice Behavior
Fathers / psychology*
Mothers / psychology*

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