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Factors associated with the initiation and duration of breastfeeding by Chinese mothers in Perth, Western Australia.
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PMID:  15117518     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To identify determinants of the initiation and duration of breastfeeding by Chinese Australian mothers, a cross-sectional survey of 506 Mandarin-speaking women in Perth, Western Australia, was conducted. Doctors' support of breastfeeding was positively associated with the initiation of breastfeeding both in the mothers' home countries (odds ratio [OR], 9.94; 95% confidence interval [CI], 3.17-31.18) and in Australia (OR, 16.78; 95% CI, 7.12-39.55) and with duration. Mother's level of education was positively associated with the initiation of breastfeeding in the mother's home country (OR, 3.04; 95% CI, 1.36-6.80) and positively associated with the duration of breastfeeding both in the mother's home country and Australia. Father's preference for breastfeeding was positively associated with the initiation of breastfeeding of the mother giving birth in Australia (OR, 4.96; 95% CI, 1.93-12.66). Health professionals can provide invaluable support for mothers initiating and continuing breastfeeding in this population. Prenatal education also needs to emphasize the ways in which fathers can support and contribute to breastfeeding.
Lin Li; Min Zhang; Jane A Scott; Colin W Binns
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0890-3344     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Lact     Publication Date:  2004 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-30     Completed Date:  2004-08-31     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709498     Medline TA:  J Hum Lact     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  188-95     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Public Health, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / ethnology*,  psychology,  statistics & numerical data
China / ethnology
Confidence Intervals
Cross-Sectional Studies
Educational Status
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Promotion
Middle Aged
Mothers / psychology*
Odds Ratio
Prenatal Care
Time Factors
Western Australia / epidemiology

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